My fine art had been influenced by the diversity of my life and the people who have filled it, people from exciting places and exotic cultures. I have spent my life in regions of the country where turbulence rules: the gulf coast where Katrina crashed into my home and flooded my neighbors; in Oklahoma and Texas where I was chased by tornados from New Mexico to Louisiana; northern Nebraska and central South Dakota where lightning falls in tempo with the drumming of exotic cloud formations. Weather - you can only respect it.