One day when I was walking around Cambridge Massachusetts I
found a book called Fresh Fruits by Aoki: . It is a collection of photographs of
Tokyo teenage street fashion portraits. It really helped to free me up and use
all of the objects that I have been collecting over the years to embed and paint
with on the canvas. Since I lived in Japan as a child, the Japanese influence
gives me a sense of comfort. My Fresh Fruits series is a
continuation of The Skin Series.