I see paintings as living things, as embodied beings. Paintings have skins, just like we do. They present their face to the world and have an interior life, just like we do. That is why making paintings is so compelling to me – they are the physical embodiment of our interior life and a form of communication between separate bodies and minds. 

My paintings are imaginative, composite portraits of women in varying states of visibility. The figures gaze directly at the viewer or outside the frame, acknowledging the external world. Contrasting interior and persona, I synthesize imagination, found images, and art historical sources to explore vulnerability, transformation and the fluidity of time. 

The paintings are process-driven, juxtaposing gestural figuration and geometric abstraction against fields of color. I revel in the viscosity and flexibility of oil paint and the flow of water-based paints, with each material facilitating different kinds of image-making. Playing with and against the conventions of the portrait genre in western art history, I focus on creating presence, not likeness, working to create an experience of presence and empathy between the viewer and the painting.