Arranging the objects in a still life painting can be as challenging—and enjoyable—as painting the subject matter. Over the years I’ve collected many artifacts and I enjoy painting them all. But, in truth, a simple setup is just as interesting to paint as a more complicated piece with beautiful objects. That’s because an artist isn’t painting the objects, but is painting how the light, shadow and transitions create a pleasing image. I am trying to find the right balance between almost empty and overloaded. It’s also important to create harmonies and an interesting rhythm—put objects together that work well together.