This inspiration is from a friend of mine in my artist’s community (Maria). It is her hometown. She is a wonderful artist with such strength of statement — it’s been fun to watch her grow and experiment. That is the amazing part of the internet — so many friends from around the world so easily. Kids who are growing up with the assumption that they can communicate and get to know people from literally everywhere with such ease will never understand how amazing it is to old fogies like me. I know I am making self-centered assumptions about technology access, wealth, and connection but I’m not going to let that squash my joy that I consider these artists my friends (and I have eye-opening access to their work) because of a mere machine.