For me, the human image has the unique capability of being intensely personal and immediate, while remaining universally recognizable. I am aware of no other visual image that inspires such a complex range of psychological responses. To draw a hand, for example, is to synthesize the millions of hands we have already seen. The human figure exists in a sensual world of the visible but can inspire a mysterious universe of imagination where laws can be contradictory. Given the vast history of figurative art, the challenge is to find one’s own vision of the human image — the risk involved in this endeavor gives life to the act of drawing. Drawing from life is the greatest of pleasures. The nude, for me the female nude, is both a tribute to the beauty of women and an eternal lesson in the variety of shapes and shadows that an artist must constantly renew to remain attuned to the mysteries of nature.