So, I looked up one day at a painting I was struggling with and thought why is this just not working for me? It was a still life and done well enough, but it bored me so profoundly that I had the most overwhelming desire to do something radical to it. But what? That is when I started adding texture and collage elements (black & white photos from a 1961 German architectural magazine) as part of my painting. Oooo, la la! I really enjoyed doing that! Consequently, I decided to use texture, mediums and collage elements as a regular part of my work. The whole creative process became so different from just straight-forward painting and that was exactly the change I was looking for. My paintings now have a fuller and richer dimension. The juxtaposed images help to create more provocative pictures that tell a story. Helping me tell my stories often are the images of Hollywood stars from long ago.