In early April I attended the Art and Soul Kansas City retreat and took two classes. The Abstract Landscape class taught by Jane Davies really shook up my painting world. Working loosely with mixed media and responding to marks made rather than starting with a particular vision is very different from the way I've painted up until now. The paintings I posted for the Minted + West Elm Challenge showcase the type of composition and work with mixed media materials that I learned at the retreat. I was jazzed about this new approach. But, then I started to wonder how I might incorporate the new style and way of working into my Judaica themed artwork. The result is what you see here, and I believe it evokes a more emotional response to the prayers and texts than my previous work has. So far the reaction to the images posted on Instagram and Facebook have been overwhelmingly positive. Having just wrapped up a commission and a busy month of May, I'm now ready to jump back into the mixed media work and see where the path leads.