Yael Eylat-Tanaka, Riverview, FL Member Since December 2007 Artist Statement I started painting as a way to create balance in my life. As a child of French and Tunisian parents, I grew up in Israel, so my background is close to the earth, the sights, the sounds, the smells of that multicultural region. I have traveled the world, and met my husband in Japan, which further infuses my sensibilities with sources of new imagery. I strive to capture the impressions of my childhood, the foods of the Mediterranean, the colors, the sunshine, the riot of flowers that bloom in the spring, as well as the delicacy of the Japanese culture in my work. Since I also love music, I give my paintings musical names.