Living in Ping Tung, Taiwan I explored the art of Sumi painting from Mr. Emae. In truth, I was painting apple blooms, best as any second grader could splash paint around. Mom felt the I should experience the local culture, so off to art classes I went. That oriental influence has stuck with me. The delicate or pristine quality of that art form carries over to the patterns I impress in the nativity pieces and angels.