When I am not able to work with landscape and natural subjects, the ongoing compulsion to photograph and make art finds other venues for expression in my studio. A favorite pastime, particularly when outdoor light is not apt to support efforts at art making, is to visit a couple of my favorite local antique emporiums (Dan's Antiques in Ironwood, in particular) for subjects that beckon for their 1/15th second of notoriety. Sometimes for as little at one buck (as in the current case in which a large bag of assorted buttons presented itself) I am drawn to a subject. I can spend literally an hour in this store feasting on visual stimuli. It has also been the origin of many of my fine pieces of period antique furniture for this near century old farmhouse. History is a most powerful discriminative cue in my work and personal motivation in art, both personal and in a larger sense,,cultural. My roots are here and there has always been a strong calling from both the natural environment, as well as those which eminate from artifacts I uncover locally.