My work almost always starts with a figurative form, then everything else grows around it. It's as if the figure gives birth to the rest; without the figure, the painting cannot exist. I am a Mix-media, multi-cultural artist and sculptor with a focus on nature and the clothed human form. Simplicity, peace, harmony, calm, reality is my mantra. This is echo throughout my work. I try to continually live in the now, forgetting those things that are behind and awaiting what lies ahead. Every day is a new day with no mistakes in it. My paintings are gilded works on paper. I sculpt in clay, which is then cast in bronze. Gilding is the process of affixing tissue-thin sheets of precious or common metals that dates back to Egyptian and Biblical times.