I went to school to be an architect and ended up with a degree in interior architecture. One of my positions was a dream job of planning hotels around the world. I got to design furniture, light fixtures, ballroom carpet, fabric, and some very cool architectural details in lobbies, restaurants, and guest room suites in far away places like Marrakech and Bangkok, and closer to home in Boston and New York. I love studying architecture and get great enjoyment just paging through the collection of books I have on the subject, or even better, visiting glorious places. Architecture definitely influences me and finds its way into my work. My favorite style is Gothic Revival, and my favorite guy is Pugin. But I also love Mackintosh, and Starck. I didn't take the time to photograph my shelves, but thought I'd share some recent acquisitions. The tall book is 26" high, and opens to scaled drawings of all the bell towers in Venice. Equally cool is the panoramic views from both sides of the Grand Canal - over 42 feet long accordion folded, printed on both sides. The day before I left on my trip the Venice Sketchbook arrived. I love this series! Makes me want to draw more. Scroll down for workshops samples that are full-on evidence of what I love.