When I was growing up, I always had a box of stuff. It was a small wooden box and it housed all my treasure: rocks and shells, little animal toys and playing cards, coins and stamps… It made me so happy.  

I still have boxes of stuff, only now I get to use all of it to make art. And it still makes me happy. 

The box in the photo is one of my favorites and houses some of my most favorite stuff. I found it at an artist’s estate sale on Longboat Key. It’s a vintage paintbrush box with a cool metal latch. But my favorite part of it is the image on the inside of the top of the box. It says “Product of Florida,” which is exactly what I am…


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