Two paintings inspired by time spent in Berlin in August 2013. “Bronze Snake” derived from a painting I saw in an old church, which referred to an Old Testament passage in The Book of Numbers. As I understood it, it seemed to be about God getting so fed up with his Chosen People, that he disowned them and abandoned them to worshiping a metallic serpent. “An Apple and an Egg” refers to a conversation that I had with German friends; one of them, Ruth, came from Bavaria. she told me that she remembered a time when the cost of living was more affordable: the price of an apple and an egg. I replied that in English there is an expression for an expensive item, that it cost “an arm and a leg”, so I decided combine the two idioms.