As an artist, I think exploration and discovery are the root of creativity. I believe in going deep and exploring a medium, theme, or series in an exhaustive and intimate way but I think we often overlook the power of going broad-- of stretching and working outside a typical theme or medium. I spend some time each week in "creative play"-- this informs and transforms my work in new and fresh ways be it compositions, materials shifts, elements or themes. These intentional creative ventures keep me from becoming too formulaic, or feeling like I am caging up creative impulses. As an artist you process your experiences and make meaning with visual language. I believe in giving permission to try, permission to explore, and permission to fail. So here are some small glimpses into some of the other creative corners of my mind you might not ordinarily see-- leslie graff in the studio --otherwise unclassified.