Inspired by my mother’s bottle of perfume that I broke as a child: Opium by Yves Saint Laurent.

The idiomatic expression in English “pipe dream”, comes from the hallucinations people had in opium dens. It means “an unattainable or fanciful hope or scheme.”


Joe Graziano:

Oh my! How sensual and concise!


The Terracotta General – 2013

In honor of my parent’s visit to Shanghai and Beijing this spring, I painted my mother’s favorite part of the trip; the terracotta army. The background was doused with tea and coffee.

The Terracotta General, 2013

The Terracotta General, 2013