Over the years my paintings have been influenced by my studies in Italy and my love of historical subjects. Some of the images loosely reference ‘religious subjects’, or make me think of the holy family with young child, or divinity of birth. I recall being in a darkened church in Florence where a lady looked deep in prayer. A friend of hers walked by and she conversed loudly for a minute, and then right back to praying. I was amused. There are sometimes mice in the churches… I remember seeing the confessionals and thinking that you may go in a big rat, and come out a small rat after having sins forgiven.