Perfect unblemished fruit and vegetables, gentle on the eyes, "sexy" , are easier to sell. I came to that realization after observing fruit that  lived in my refrigerator and in my studio for months before rotting. In 2004 even as I considered myself a consumer of healthy foods, this brought me to a new level of awareness of how food is grown. I also was interested in painting the "life" of the fruit, a portrait series of fruit, I thought to myself "surely these creations communicate with one another, have sex lives and so on.