My current inspiration is early American folk art. These artists of this era had no formal training and their charm and directness came from their technical inadequacies, distortions and highly personal perspectives. Their images reflected their impressions of society, their needs, mores and family life. A common subject for portraiture was family and children. The children are often depicted as innocents holding cuddly animals in bucolic settings. I alter these paintings using settings and details of contemporary life. In these works I examine childhood innocence and the possibility of its survival in the present day.