I was trained in the fine arts, drawing, painting and print, and Renaissance art and craft was held in high esteem. I continue to view it fondly. There are a number of wonderful Italian terms for the application of techniques from the era; sfumato, cangiantisimo, chiaroscuro. And pentimento, or pentimenti. Repentance. For me the searching with the eyes and the crayon while observational drawing always precipitates pentimento as misplaced lines are subjugated to more accurate ones. I remember looking at Renaissance drawings in a musty drawing cabinet at The Uffizzi; I have always loved the effect of the struggle to describe form in any drawing, but to see the struggle on old, stained damaged paper was, and is, a special joy. These one-of-one drypoint and chine colle prints attempted to approximate the same battered and worn aesthetic, and I did this by printing print-on-print-on print and applying watercolour stains. The suit could have been called 'palimpsests' which is a similar notion; I think what I enjoyed about doing these was the unpredictable emergent qualities that sometimes improved on what came before.