My paintings are updates of art from earlier eras. With each series I connect the present and past in a different way. I draw my inspiration from a theme presented by the earlier paintings. My current inspiration is early American folk art. The 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. They often placed their subjects in nature reflecting the relative simplicity of their lives. My latest series of paintings were inspired by these images. I contemporize them by transforming their subjects into 60s era hippies who called for a simpler life.