I began exploring the use of metal leaf and gold leaf as an additional element as I created mixed media pieces. What I have discovered is that gold leaf adds another quality to my pieces...almost a feeling of light that changes during the course of a day. At times, if there is strong light on the painting, the gold gives the impression of sunlight, making the negative space a dynamic part of the piece. As the light on the piece dims, the positive image stand out more. The result is a painting that shifts with the light. My awareness of the importance of composition has been heightened by the dynamic quality the gold gives the negative space.