My artistic practice is a fusion of nostalgic portraiture mixed with an aesthetic awareness of our complex identities. Inspired by the notion that companionship and sense of belonging are vital to human happiness, my work addresses themes of aloneness where I try to find meaning and truth beneath the surface. I often begin by building up the surface of my work and then peel back the layers through physical deconstruction by sanding, carving, and detaching. I believe that what lies beneath the surface of the work is often the true story of self. My work explores the reconstructed memory of my personal life which is often projected through my exposure to photographs from the early 1900’s. I have always been attracted to aged and deteriorating items which often embed their way into the work. I strive to create a personal relationship with the figures in my work, attempting to connect with my subjects in a synesthetic way.