Every body has its own narrative ~ whether it be in attitude or posture, interaction with other bodies, the outer signs of inner emotion or conscious role-playing. The body itself becomes the repository of a story etched upon its surface by the passage of time, thought, experience or, in some cases, art itself. It is the bearer of its own history, shifting fortunes and eternal truths. In many fundamental ways, it it us! Because of this, artists have always been fascinated by the human figure ~ studying it in all its aspects, breaking it down into its basic volumes or studying the patterns of light and shade playing across its flesh. The greatest interest of an artist may not be to simply record beauty (or lack of it) ~ but in discovering something more about the life or condition of the model (known or unknown), or in placing them in a setting or situation which leads to the creation of a new mode of expression. The nude ~ or partly clothed ~ figure is often the clue, or beginning, to a much more complex story...