Since The Aeon (1998–present), an oil painting series, was inspired by the gorgeous, proportional bodily ideal of beauty from the Renaissance, the human body has become one of my main subjects. My first impulse was to present a huge, robust human figure full of vitality and almost sculpture-like proportions that represented a vessel for the joyful and mighty force of life. Due to the need for a living model, I found further inspiration in early 20th-century erotic images, which I altered to meet my artistic needs. All of those Aeon paintings invite touch, to be felt, sensed, or be perceived as poetry. All of those Aeon paintings beckon touch, inviting the viewer to feel, sense, or experience the art as poetry.