I listen to Baroque music while I am painting because it’s very organized structure corresponds to my formal compositions in visual language. The four magnolia blossoms in Sonata are similar to each other yet have subtle variations in shadow and color. A musical sonata consists of a succession of dances all in the same key but with contrasting tonalities. The flowing, dynamic movement of the magnolia petals also suggest a rhythmic movement in dance. I also paint the subject with an illusion of tactile surfaces and touchable three dimensional objects to initially engage the viewer and lead to the deeper layers of meaning.