Kids at play have been a theme in my work for a few years now, especially showing up in the 1950s series. While reading and talking to others about the 50s I am always confronted with a nostalgic innocence surrounding childhood. Was the world more peaceful 60 years ago? What changed so drastically that caused a generation to look back and covet "the good ole days?" I think these questions have many answers and are quite complex, however I believe there was a simplicity, spirit of life and adventure, and optimism in the 50s that I find beautiful and try to emulate in my work.