I create figurative portrayals that connect the past with today's world. My paintings explore the porous nature of identity through images that challenge the viewer to contend with social norms and constructs. As a part of my creative practice, I sift through visual artifacts of American culture that speak to privilege and social divide. This imagery is used as nuanced commentary, placing personal imagery in dialogue with pervasive ideologies, political/socio-reality, and alternate realities.
Duality is also part of my process, which is both additive and reductive. I sand these paintings after applying numerous layers, then repeat the process until I reach the work's final form. Adding and removing layers is not just about the surface; it's about rediscovery, finding the painting from within, and combining old and new.