Piece description from the artist
My art is formed by my passion for materials, classic forms, women's biographies, and art history. I absorb these influences and synthesize them with my own memories and experiences in order to create psychological self-portraits. My paintings often combine formal abstraction and classical figuration with physical gestures, expressionist color, and ambiguous anatomy.
My current series of paintings address the issue of identity as I take on the dual role of sitter and artist. I am fascinated by the way that art can capture, glorify, and immortalize a person. I admire great portraits of the past, which provide visual inspiration and a starting point for my own paintings. I then insert my facial features and structure this insertion as a classical self-portrait. I play dress-up with art history by taking on the clothing, hair, and environment of another persona. This allows me to craft the fantasy most effective to my desire to experience another world within a painting.