Each time I'm asked to create something special for someone I feel privileged and this time it is even more special because we are collaborating on symbols and images that are filled with meaning for this family. Each step along the way is exciting and nerve wracking in turns as this work is precious. My aim in this type of circumstance is always to stay grounded in my practice as an artist, trying not to focus only on what someone else might want, especially since neither of us will really know what will work or not until the work is done. And, since the work requires so many layers, patterns and colours, the end result will be dramatically different from the work in process. So, this is the point where I need to relax and focus on colours and patterns rather than the completed piece...it's really one of the fun parts.