I am interested in materials, the body (identity), and the relationship between them. These paintings are an attempt to represent some essential aspect of who we are and what we do. Clothing represents such an essence—we are not defined by what we wear, but what we wear becomes part of us. It can be sensual, sexual, decorative, cultural, practical, or poetic. Some of my paintings describe an aspect of a body or a self. The body intimately interacts with the garments in a way that represents an emotion. Some show how we are identified. Clothing emphasizes the existence of the body, whether present or absent, and what I try to capture is the immediate connection between the two.