I am a native Chicagoan and originally studied art under the well-known painter Hilda Rubin. In college I concentrated on oil painting and art history. Fast forward to into my advertising career when I got the idea of incorporating matchboxes into my art. I recognized that they were not merely advertisements, they were an art form in their own right. As such, they not only added texture and dimension to my work, but enabled me to create art…from art. As my work evolved, I was and am always looking for ways to execute a variety of collages using different objects and everyday materials. Matchboxes reflect many old, famous landmarks and fond memories from the past. Old wooden letters, wheels, blocks, etc. offer different textures and beauty. The key is overall visual impact and uniqueness.