I was first moved to create bronze reliefs when my work was exhibited in the National Galleria Museum in Florence, Italy, in 2000. I was particularly inspired by a Michelangelo creation that featured a mother and child in the form of a marble relief. It affected me profoundly and when I returned to my New Mexico studio, I immediately began to create high-relief bronze wall pieces. Over the past decade or so, bronze relief has become my favorite form of artistic expression. I mount the finished pieces on heavy-gauge aluminum plate which I typically paint black in order to provide a striking contrast for the actual sculptures.