I create portraits that challenge traditional ways of viewing ourselves and our world. My stylistic influences are as diverse as Persian miniatures and Germanic Renaissance painting. In my animal portraits I blend realism and primitivism. My portraits of self and society juxtapose vulnerability with challenging social constructs. My work as a whole represents a journey in better understanding individual identity.
Portraits of Self & Society | 2018
I was inspired to paint “I Believe in Ghosts" by examining my own complicated experience of being a woman and the conflicted messages we receive about our selves, our bodies, and our roles.
This portrait questions how experiences, expectations and choices shape female identity. I use light and shadow to accentuate the otherworldly environment: the line is blurred between external presentation and internal carriage, between what is witnessed and what is recounted. The minimal composition emphasizes consideration of the forms, what they symbolize, and how they may relate to one another.