My recent paintings continue to be representational, showing interiors, still lifes, and figures. Each work is drained of color, leaving a muted palette, to explore the theme of “night painting.” My night paintings display sadness and emptiness, but these emotions are subverted by my playful experimentation. Sadness is an emotion we often talk about, using metaphors and irony. My work likewise addresses melancholia indirectly, so that the viewer is disarmed by formal hooks. I hope that the disconnect between sincerity and sardonicism forces viewers to address their own emotional baggage. The paintings incorporate autobiographical elements, and are set in bars and domestic spaces. I depend on tools of abstraction and historical painting idioms to execute or combat intuitive mark-making.