b"DuringhighschoolandcollegemyinterestinphotographylessenedasIwasintroducedtomid-18thcenturyAmericanartists.IcouldnotgetenoughofthegenreartworksofWilliamSydneyMount,FitzHenryLane,WinslowHomerandsomanyothers.IdontknowwhichIlikedbetter,thebeautifulimagesorthenarrativesthoseartistscreatedinthem.Ofallthoseartists,theoneswhomIlikedthemostalsothoughtofthemselvesasvisualstory-tellerssuchasWinslowHomer,andHenryFarny.BothoftheseartistsalsoservedasfamousillustratorsforHarper'sWeekly.ThetwoHomerlithographsontheleftareincludedinmypersonalcollectionofantiqueprints.TheengravingaboveisofWinslowHomersstudioinMaineasitlookedin1900.IhavebeentravelingtoMaineforthepast10yearstoattendaminiatureworkshopinCastineandfellinlovewithMaine.AsaresultitwasnaturalthatIwasdrawntocreatearoomboxincorporatingboththeworkofmyfavoriteartistwithaplacethatIfindsoinspiring."