In the early '90s, I started making frames for my paintings. I assemble small toys, bottle caps, scraps of wood, faux gems, buttons, figurines, trophies and other cast offs; attaching the objects to a simple wood frame. The application of Gold paint transforms the recognizable objects into something surreal. The frames are intended to evoke memories of childhood, travels, and dreams. The process of working with objects for frames has inspired me to explore the assemblage as medium. The objects themselves inspire the concept for an Assemblage. I am infatuated with the compelling, dreamlike power of the assemblage works of Joseph Cornell, Louise Nevelson, and Betye Saar.