A few years ago I digitally archived all my big unweildy oil, acrylic and ink paintings on canvas and monumental sized paper in order to get a grip on my body of work once and for all and tobe able to use them by retooling their designs on photoshop, adding text, etc. When I joined up with IUOMA I was in need of some original stationery so I thought WTF I'll just whip up something from that old stuff; and voila. The figures painted in the bottom half of the piece measure in real life almost 6 feet in width and 3 and a half feet tall (you can imagine why I felt overwhelmed by them)-and they are actually all done from my own snapshot figure studies (that's me in the towl with my arms up, fidgeting with my 'do!) for reference-that's from left to right my friends Nick, Nicole, then there's me, then Elyne, in the way back's my father, in the front my godmother kissing her newborn baby sometime in the '70's, then my Dutch friend Hanna who I visited in Amsterdam in high school, and Jordan. So there, I can account for all my shadowy, lost looking figures!