After returning from Japan, I started to paint portraits. Here is my first portrait. All of the calligraphy practice in Japan taught me the elegant language hidden in each calligraphic the stroke. I ended up learning two languages while in Japan; I learned Japanese, and the intuitive language of the elegance of curves. The elegance of calligraphy has always influenced my work. After doing a study abroad I became more aware of myself as myself and a portrait felt like a good way to begin to understand the new emerging me.