All the new calendars for 2016 are just out from Pomegranate Communications, including the second annual Birds Calendar, which features my block prints. All the birds in this calendar are ones that I have seen and photographed and sketched. There's something about using a personal experience to create art that really seems imperative to me...I will occasionally check my field guides and internet photos and websites to verify certain details on the species I draw, paint and carve, but to just look at someone else's photo, or a field guide, doesn't really make the art worth doing for me. While I'm drawing and carving and printing and painting I like to constantly refer to my memories of the original experience, and its components-- visual, emotional (maybe all the senses are involved)...after all, some of the work is tedious and extremely time-consuming, and I wonder if it would even be worth it if I weren't trying to somehow replicate that moment in time, or maybe not replicate it, but somehow bring it back to life in some new form that is both more and less than the lived experience. I think that is what all art is about.