Women in my family have worked with clay for thousands of years at Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. They have been an inspiration to me since childhood. My mother, Linda Cain, learned this process from her mother and made coil-built pottery for a living. I have also been inspired by other artists, especially Pablo Picasso. After studying his work intensively, I soon began to dream in a Picasso style, even seeing his women at the grocery store and driving cars, and noticing that shadows in the background were now lit. I imagined the women he painted coming to the Southwest and falling in love with the jewelry and Native designs on furniture that were the color of sage.