As an artist, I consider my work through the lens of my role as a former dancer. Making a painting is like choreographing a routine; the practice and training is the most important part. I paint, erase, bring back, and alter colors. These decisions are made with careful consideration to each individual painting’s needs. Underlying these choices is the impulse to create a sense of movement in a painting that is fluid and fragile, open and honest, fading and fleeting. I search for techniques that best suit this desire.
I start a painting with loose and lyrical strokes. These initial marks help decide the next passages in a painting. Working through trial and error brings me closer to what I am trying to express. Self-awareness is amplified during the painting process. As I move through a painting, it begins to feel like all of my strengths, weaknesses, and insecurities are floating at the surface. As all of these thoughts arise, I want them to fall, break into pieces, move, or melt. These expressions are relevant aspects to my paintings because my work inhabits all that I know, all that I have learned, and all that I am trying to know.