I make paintings using visual disruptions of realistic images in order to spark an emotional response. My source material represents a range from found photographs dug up at flea markets to intimate portraits of friends. I am drawn to the inane moments, awkward expressions, and uncomfortable interactions that can be captured objectively by a camera. Once I select a subject, I experiment with distorting and obscuring the realistic parts of the image. The intrusions in my paintings evoke different responses in individual viewers; comings and goings, presence and absence, privacy and exposure, reality and memory.
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