In 2000, my husband, son and I moved from urban San Francisco, to the Pacifica beach. Our new home looked directly out on the Pacific. Across the road was a fishing pier with a bait shop. I was captivated by the dusty, sun bleached Polaroids of fisherman holding up their catch. The humanity of these men inspired me, and thus began the Beach Series. The subject of these beach paintings soon shifted from fisherman art to bathers frolicking in the surf. I had to imagine this, as the ocean in N California is way too cold for swimming. The movement of the bathers related energetically to my past work in the Swimmer and Women Shopping Series. I liked the way these active, wet figures morphed into abstract painting.