I moved to Illinois and what felt at first like going into exile from NYC became a life where I could create a home for my new baby while exploring various media. After years of using scrap and glue to build things, coming to ISU to do an MFA in sculpture was a thrill because of all the opportunity to learn and practice various technical skills. Casting in aluminum, bronze, welding with stick, MIG, and TIG, plasma cutting, learning glass blowing and casting, working in ceramics, etching, and lithography. For the four years of the ISU MFA program, I let loose in the art department, paid to teach drawing and assistant teach sculpture, and given my own little studio just off the main sculpture classroom. Experiments led eventually to ambitious prize winning installation projects.