I’ve always drawn faces and figures whether it was during class on notebook paper or in sketchbooks. I don’t know why I’ve always been so drawn to the human face, but I always keep coming back to it. I think it’s because I find people to be the most curious and complicated subjects to learn and study through my art. Part of my process involves taking photos of people and other imagery that strikes me at the moment and using them to create works that explore my relationship with myself and others as I perceive them in a new way from how I’ve rendered them. Representation isn’t the goal. While I make work, I try to notice what gets subconsciously added whether it’s a certain line quality or odd color combination.
Right now, my art is pretty personal, and although I try to make a lot of work to figure out issues in both myself and in the work, I’ve often been told that I need to just sit and look at what I’ve made for a long time to really understand what it’s about. I don’t do that enough, and I think in a way it’s because I’m not being honest enough with myself. I’m starting to make work that is more from just my head, and I think in a way it’s been my most authentic work to date, as aspects of my life and thoughts get inserted, hidden, and revealed in my paintings, creating obvious but still ambiguous narratives. It’s been fun to hear what my friends see and think about as they see the work.