I have been taking a break from painting to make use of all of the interesting junk I have accumulated over the past year, which has resulted in a number of worthwhile developments. Found object assemblage, collage, and sculpture have been at the forefront of my efforts. Arranging and manipulating objects, embellishment, and generally working with my hands in craft is a meditative experience. It is a nice break from the impulsive, cathartic experience of drawing and painting. Now that I feel satisfied with this exploration, I feel that I am ready to return to figurative work with a new and fresh approach.