Aix en Provence, France, a few years ago:
When I see this mischievous face and coyly flopping paws, I think he might be a distant relative of my silly dog, Vladimir. I'm completely enchanted by the playfulness of these lions! They are eight in total, perched on two fountains, each displaying his personality through the posture of his body and his facial expression. Walking around one of the fountains, I discover a view where all three visible lions have their faces turned away, apparently engaged in something more interesting than posing for tourists. There's something so refreshing and vivid about these creatures. What draws them to me is also what I'm trying to capture when I draw on my ceramic forms.