Janet Yagoda Shagam is an artist emerging from a long career in the sciences. Shagam, who lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico, began creating art after the return of childhood epilepsy. Her fascination revolves around “the closer look” that reveals a cultural and universal attraction to natural phenomena, organic forms, and the emotions they may evoke. Shagam’s artistic training consists of workshops with local printmakers, several advanced printmaking classes at the University of New Mexico, and lots of hard work. She is interested in how subtle relationships between line, shape, and negative space can create a sense of emotional tension.