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It’s all about art and inspiration. In my series of magical realist drawings, “Black Butterfly: The Muse,” the ethereal butterfly represents the artist's muse and subjects are always those who are involved in the creative arts. In the summer of 2008, I had an unusual amount of butterfly sightings, especially black varieties. These occurred just as I was going through a burst of artistic creativity. I wrote my first poem in decades, about the encounters as metaphoric of the artist's muse and began to include butterflies in a series of charcoal drawings executed on heavy weight frosted Mylar drafting film.