©Joan Ann Lansberry

February, 1997
Gary C., an artist who also has his work online gave me these words of encouragement in an email:

"Something good is coming in your work and I sense that you're holding back on purpose. The warning is always there that time slips by and then is gone. Now is the time for the internal fire to be released until it burns the world with its life in all the ways it can. But I see something ready to spring like a tiger and think the time is now."

"Spring like a tiger" led me to choose a tiger. (Note of September 2012: I think I need to seriously release more of that 'internal fire'!)