Still life painting provides me the opportunity to concentrate on the abstract beauty of form, color and texture. Here, the narrative elements that might be part of any figurative work need not apply. I tend to focus my still life subjects for the sake of simplicity rather than have a lot of different objects involved. The hats series for instance began as purely an exercise in form and color design using one type of object, hats. I’ve had tremendous fun with these inventing different arrangements and some have become quite elaborate.