I formed my aesthetic sensibility in large part by growing up in Texas, where the overwhelming physical facts are light and shadow, flatness and air. My imagery is rooted in the natural world of fauna, flora, weather, and water. The Audubon series displays my abiding interest in creating a contemplative world of objects bathed in light with shadow contrasts. The cast shadows unify objects in the here and now with the 19th c. Audubon image; past and present seamlessly occupy the same timeless space. The series pays homage to John James Audubon, and to my love of books.