Music, art and nature: the three sources of great joy for me. Joy seems so uncomplicated. Other emotions have layers of other feelings attached to them, but joy is pure, straight and direct. I wanted to make this painting simple. I needed a reminder to “keep it simple” (which, obviously I have a hard time with) and so I tacked on the wall of my studio David Hockney’s beautiful painting of Mount Fuji to remind me that great art is greatest when it is the simplest. Less is more! I have had a love affair with music since my toddler days, and once badgered my parents in getting me a violin. It turned out that my talents lay elsewhere, and my musical abilities made our dog howl until I was “allowed” to stop playing, mercifully saving both the dog and my father’s ears. Later I understood that it was the shape of the instrument that made me desire it. And what other flower to illustrate joy than a bunch of “glads” pointing straight to the sky?