My artwork encompasses abstract and figurative portrayals that synthesize different traditions and genres while playing with perceptions of identity and social order. The paintings are an accumulation of various stylistic influences, which I use to address political and social issues. I tend to use the colonizing imagery of vintage children's books as source material, which takes on new meaning through a contemporary context. That figuration finds its way into recent work, which is reflective of my relocation to the Deep South in 2018.
These paintings are a compilation of images, sometimes digital, and literal layers of paint, only to be sanded down and refined through more layers. My process of creating this imagery is an essential aspect of the overall concept. Adding and removing layers is not just about surface, which, in