My recent paintings simultaneously comment on a number of subjects, such as art history, culture, and excess, while critiquing (and indulging) my own naïve, self-centered ego. The paintings are linked through their visual armature, on which I create narratives whose space is as much a character as the figures. The space informs the psychological tenor of the work and contains certain attributes, which indicate the characteristics of the figures’ identity and story. Each painting communicates a distinct idea but they all share a visual vocabulary that combines elements of my favorite artists, art theory, and thoughts on what painting should be. I like my work to be amusing and serious, visually striking and conceptually alluring.