I have admired the painting & sculptures of renowned, Columbian artist Fernando Botero. I was attracted by the ample figures featured in all of his work. Even his animals are round & full. For me, it's a "form thing", that was an early influence on the "ladies having fun" series. Many of these paintings went on to be national selling greeting cards, fine art prints & canvases for needle point by a design company. Although, I've moved on to new subjects, I still get requests for " the ladies".