From 2002 through 2009, a key theme in my work was the girl figure. It probably started when my niece was born. The first girl of this generation of my family, she was welcomed into the world. But soon we discovered that she had some serious health problems, which took years to address. During this time, I was also interested in capturing the "girl spirit" that all young females share and that can be either fostered or discouraged as one passes from childhood through adolescence into early adulthood. During this period I collaborated with the author Anne Germanacos to create artwork for the cover of her book In the Time of Girls.