My drawings and paintings begin by looking closely at an object. The thing observed becomes my subject matter, but it is also a means by which I consider the psychological and emotive underpinnings connected to the object. While the imagery is concerned with the observation of real objects, I work to place them in a space between representation and abstraction, between the familiar and the dislocated. My recent work focuses on hair collected from family and friends. The surface is built up by layering individual brush strokes, like hair cut and fallen to the floor. As surrogate portraits these carefully arranged mementos consider broader notions of identity, memory, and loss.