I work with live models in order to encourage embracing the nude image as something to be celebrated as a universal human quality. Each pose tells an intrinsically and aesthetically valuable story, and the viewer adds to the tale through his or her own experiences. There is no story the human body cannot tell. I find that by harnessing our instinctual interest in the human figure, I can best relate didactic themes from the image to the viewer. I find gestural nudes in minimal environments keep the focus on the figure while opening up the ground for interpretation by the viewer.