One theme I often focus on in my work is our link to the past. I have an affinity for antiques and objects with a worn patina, especially if the item has family history. I like to imagine the story of the person who used that item and what they were like. I have a Swedish Bible that once belonged to my great-grandfather Peter Nelson (Per Nilsson before he immigrated). I love the emotional connection I feel to him when I hold the worn leather cover in my hands.