"The Beauty of Fetish: Volume II" was released by Edition Stemmle in 2001 following the success of the first volume which came out 3 years prior. This book focused primarily on the work that I did after I moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1998. Los Angeles provided a new environment and light to work with. Gone were the murky grays and industrial backdrops of Chicago. Southern California provided me color and year-round vibrant vegetation. This took a while to get accustomed to but I quickly found my aesthetic footing and let the creativity flow.

The book was an immediate success both critically and financially. Despite this good news, Stemmle would go out of business the following year due to a large book distributor going bankrupt which in turn created a financial domino effect affecting several other large art publishers. That, and the new failing economy and the events of 9/11 further cemented Stemmle's demise.
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