I seek to draw inspiration from the mundanity of everyday life—to reveal the beauty within the ordinary. My paintings depict particular environments and their implicit stories. I work in abstracted realism, painting recognizable places and objects that I manipulate through both color and the juxtaposition of flattened spaces against modeled forms. Although people are absent, a human presence is invariably implied, especially by way of the things that they have left behind. Memories and experiences also inform my paintings. These are fleshed out with cherished details from my life—a dog leash, a plant given to me by a loved one, a favorite book, my kitchen table. While the meaning of these personal elements may not be immediately apparent, their universality invites viewers to make their own associations.