A road trip at the end of summer spent circling the island of Sicily inspired these newest pieces. Forever a lover of antiquity, I was stunned by its surprising amount of beautiful Greek ruins. Sicily and the southern mainland of Italy were once known by the Romans as Magna Graecia - Ancient Greek settlers held the land there for a moment in time, filling it with their cities, temples, artwork and gods. Also the area in Italy where my family originated, one of its many secrets is that it still holds onto some of the best ruins of the Greek world. This mix of Greek, Roman, Italian; the remaining glimpses of lost time found in mosaics, pottery, statues, folklore - I took all of it in as I worked on this collection.