Beauty Is Not Caused; It is, 36 x 36 inches, oil on canvas, 2022. The animal is humble but goodness incarnate. The patterns that influence me are from fabrics my mother chose to sew her clothes, my clothes, tablecloths, and bedspreads. My childhood was filled with these repetitions signifying connection. Animals are inspired by artwork I made in Lisbon in a month-long artist residency last fall. I focused on animals found in traditional Portuguese art (blue and white tiles, puppets, ceramics) and made my own versions.