That first small Shell Woman empowered me to create a bronze sculpture of Shell Woman, placing her in front of a stele imprinted with shells. I continued to be fascinated with this idea and next made Conch Venus, modeling the legs from sculptures of Venus as I had with Shell Woman. I had a model pose for Reclining Shell.
Birth of Venus came when I realized the need to free Venus from the rigidity and confines of her beautiful shells. This new Venus, also based on a classical sculpture, stands independently and triumphantly on a wave, her shell now fanned protectively behind her.