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The well known Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo, the New York Times best-selling author of "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," became a household name with her book on how to organize. Her doctrine is to only keep things that bring you joy. It's a re-examination of priorities and values that goes beyond getting rid of what you've accumulated over the years. (Only to replace those discarded items, with new ones.)  Kondo's philosophy goes much deeper than re-organizing your stuff. It's questioning what your motive is, to life. What are your priorities? What do you care about? What do you value above all else? How engaged and connected are you to yourself and your surroundings? To Kondo, all things inanimate or otherwise, have a soul and are treated with dignity and reverence. It's an ideology that resonated with me deeply, and I believe it brings you to your truth.

I recently lost a very dear friend who was taken from this world too early. After her passing, I was invited to her home for an intimate gathering of friends and family. In memorandum, her son made a collage of photographs of her life on the wall of her yoga studio. I spent a long time looking at each one, trying to absorb and retain every bit of her essence that they offered. The one that cracked my heart wide open, was a black and white portrait of her doing yoga in the sand. Her love of the practice was evident. It was through yoga, that we met. That photograph speaks volumes and illustrates everything that I loved about her. I look at it often and it keeps her alive in my heart.

Universally, it is the photographs and mementos of loved ones and special places, that we cherish and are our most beloved keepsakes yet we spend the precious moments in our lives, pursuing and accumulating the non-essential. 

As I create my work, I'm motivated and inspired by the things that move me: Singularity, benevolence, grace. I possess an unconventional vision, with a keen sense for unscripted moments and true authenticity. To me, they are, the fundamental meaning to life.