I have always loved the figure because of its honesty. Unlike the tongue, the figure never lies. No man or woman can keep a secret. Neither can a body. Attitudes and feelings find expression in the body. Any other subject I choose to portray remembers the figure in its execution. I found that landscape, still life, or any other subject begins with knowledge of the body or at least reference to it. For this reason, making the figure challenges me more than any other subject.