This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book expands upon the concept of the artist's identity. It discusses the relationship of Edith Kramer and Friedl. Edith described her painting of a mother and child, and how in the process of painting this pair, she could explore the very complex relationship and conflicts that coexist within it. The book describes the huge pleasure it was to sit down and have a conversation with Edith. The book discusses how the students in the training program kept art journals, and many wrote journal entries to "Dear Edith," creating a very real, internalized good, caring ego ideal, an inner-Edith. It illustrates the use of quality of materials.