In beginning a piece, I must slowly get to know it. I must allow the piece to reveal its story and its spirit to me. As my hand and eye move over the contours of the form, I begin to feel how the piece is expressing its essence. A piece will communicate its personal narrative of strength, vulnerability, power and liberation as I build the fullness of the lungs in an inhale, as I carve out the hollow in the nape of the neck, or as I shape the muscles of the back as it arches. In this way I can become one with the piece.