There is so much I find intriguing and inspiring that it is difficult to say what actually determines the outcome of any individual piece of work. Common to everything seems to be the patterns. I have the good fortune to enjoy a rurban lifestyle on an island off the West Coast of Canada. Everywhere there are patterns left on weathered surfaces created by the natural forces of nature. I like to travel to experience some of the diversity and vitality of other lifestyles. The patterns found in story telling and ritual seem universal and familiar, although meaning and symbolism change across time and place. There are the common patterns of human experience, the briefness of life, the love of family and friends, the resilience of community, a creative imagination that connects us to the past and propels us forward with hope for the future.