As a child I lived a nomadic life and my oasis became my imagination which is where I created my best friend, Illya, a little girl who lived in the mirror of my mind. She was my confident, co-conspirator and soul sister. Part of our shared fantasy world was the circus. It mesmerized us. Some 60 years later that imaginary world is resurfacing in the Cirque series. Partly inspired by Cirque du Soleil; these paintings reflect the staging, sounds, actions, colors and costumes of that highly creative world under the big top.