My art is an expression of my main hobby–travel. A few years ago I traveled to Turkey to the city of Istanbul. I fell in love the history, art and culture of Turkey. The gourd lamp is a typical Middle Eastern treatment of light and a wonderful art form from Western Turkey. Middle Eastern art is all about bright colors and geometric patterns. And when it comes to light, they like to contain the light and let it spill out into the space through tiny openings. I select gourds from the Amish Country of Pennsylvania, I import beads from Turkey and my patterns are Middle Eastern inspired. The result takes me back immediately to the exotic markets of Turkey every time I turn one on!