Contemporary culture, with all its foibles and triumphs, provides the foundation for my examination, critique, documentation, and celebration of life. My work is driven by optimism for what we can be, juxtaposed with the ideas and events that shape our lives. Through my art, I connect personal experiences to the underlying beliefs and values driving our culture. I look at the emotional significance, as well as defining concepts, then translate them into a visual commentary through material, media and methods. I am interested in metaphorically representing human emotions and present-day issues— both literally and conceptually.