Chinese Lady I get so much inspiration from looking at old photographs.  I love to imagine what it must have been  like to be the person in the picture … to be a part of the culture my wife comes from.  Who were these people?  In particular, the images of women intrigue me.  Often we do not know their names, or what their lives were like.  I try to imagine if they were happy or sad, and what could have made them feel this way.  The way people posed for portraits long ago are so static, yet, there is something so peaceful and unbound by time in these photos.  The simple compositions, the beautiful ornament of their clothes and beauty of these now-outdated hairstyles.  I want to include samples of these pictures periodically on this blog as a tribute to the people and sources of my artistic inspiration.