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My memory fails me regarding the source, but it may have been George Tooker, whose advice to artists was, “find what you love and make it your own.” I keep that in mind when I make work. I love materials, particularly traditional ones because of their non-technological quality, their humbleness and weight of history. I love Christian icons, early and northern Renaissance portraits, objects that fit in the hand, personal ephemera, eye portraits, and family photographs, among other things. These loves feed my visual language, producing imagery that is not symbolic and relates to the quality of memory rather than the narrative; the present moment and its rapid slide into memory. To me, making art is cyclical rather than linear and I find myself coming back over and over to use the same imagery but from a different point of view or with different materials.