Ms. Herbert-Forton's work is inspired by the artisans of the middle ages. She was first introduced to the Byzantine style in her grandparent's Orthodox church. Every surface was decorated. Even the ceiling was painted--it was magical. Her artist mother took the family to museums where the medieval pieces caught her attention. She loved the stories they told, and was fascinated by the variety of materials used. In her work, Suzanne tries to capture the flavor of medieval art, both Christian and Islamic. She has emulated the textures, packed space, and rich colors. She tries to tell a story, usually a humorous one.