As a mixed media painter and a poet, my work cross-pollinates, stirred by the correspondence between these art forms. Collage elements move me to build layers and texture, to respond to textual and cultural evidence, and to indulge my interest in language, history, and ephemera, all the while engaged in a visceral construction of psychic and emotional space. At work, I think about the horizontal, vertical, and other directional forces that shape human experience and orchestrate paths of movement and pursuit. Early life in the home of an architect and a violinist clearly influenced my aesthetic. Exposure to the art of architecture encouraged my interest in spatial relationships, taught me to read elevations and visualize their 3-D intentions, and, at construction sites, to appreciate the evolution of concept to form. Music played where words ended, roused layers of emotional response, and altered the sense of place and time. Together, these ingredients fostered an affinity for abstraction and design.