My interest in challenging the traditional use of canvas began off the coast of Brittany, France, in 1979. I was part of a group of students studying landscape painting during a summer semester. Everyone was perched on top the cliffs in an attempt to paint the great expanse of the ocean and the craggy cliffs. It was while studying this view that I began to feel the flat canvas was insufficient to interpret my view of the scene. Since that time I have been exploring the shaping of canvas into wall reliefs. On returning to my studio I started to explore the ideas that had formulated on my trip. It has been a wonderful journey. Each work I complete inspires a new piece. It is the beauty of simple shapes that fascinates me.