My life has been influenced by pattern makers. My mother, a seamstress, and my father, a sheet-metal worker, used patterns in their daily work. The patterns used in sewing and the patterns used in industrial turbine construction shared geometries, tension, and intricacy and delicacy of line and construction. While the shapes are often strong and bold, the paper used for these pattern books was often fragile and almost translucent. My work interprets these patterns and the material upon which they're often drawn or printed to reflect memories, portraits and events that have become important to my personal history. I have also been influenced by the hand-written notes in many of these pattern books, as well as the found notes in old textbooks and manuscript. I choose to mesh mark, material and pattern to interpret and reflect events in my life and world.