This is one of my favorite pieces and is a painting of my dear friend and art colleague Egle’ Gatins. This period of painting for me was rich with subject matter that symbolized my love for color and patterns and also dolls. There were many layers of depth and meaning including for me symbolism representing the feminine . Egle’ is even painted as if she were a giant doll. And in fact I did use a life size maniquin in my still lifes as model, one I rescued from the garbage, (a practice one the nursing students at Grady Hospital used). I was primarily influenced by the French painter Vuillard, a contemporary of Bonard and Matisse. The series of paintings that I produced after this one just poured out of me, and I worked on this series for a couple of years. This work was some of my favorite; it was powerful, and flowed so easily. Recently I have been pulling out drawings from this time and feel an urge to integrate elements of this work into my current artwork.