For many paintings in my Arts & Crafts Motto Series, I start with a solid panel, then add a sculptural molding compound to create the effects of leather for the background. I want every part of my painting to have purpose and texture. Design & motif was a common Arts & Crafts attribute from the early 1900s, and I adapted the ideal for my painting. As a Roycroft Renaissance Artisan, I have always been drawn to the life and work of Elbert Hubbard. He was a leader, teacher, and visionary that still inspires artists and art lovers today.