The round stylized flower is a repeating image in my work. It references my early visual influences from home decoration, patterns in textiles, and folk art. When I was 5 my mother took me to the hardware store and allowed me to choose wallpaper for my new room. The paper I chose had a large scale repeating simple graphic flower, a popular motif in the 1960’s. I fell asleep looking at it for many years and consider it one of my first empowering creative acts: the ability to create an environment and the pattern itself both left a lasting imprint on me.