Since I have a personal connection with my sitters, my paintings are an overview of the ups and downs of their lives. The color is an indicator of emotionality. The objects, sometimes symbolic, are trophies of their accomplishments that may have once been a marker of their struggles.
Continuing in the tradition of artists like Nan Goldin and Alice Neel, who used their community as subject matter, I re-represent the artist community by focusing on young individuals dealing with current issues. Our generation faces anxieties, identities, and ideas that are different from creatives of decades past; ever-rising rents, job insecurity, the Internet, social media, and an expanding language around race, gender, and identity. My work underlines the perseverance of the community and individual spirit.