My work explores portraiture and figuration through classical techniques and expressive mark-making. I create oil paintings and charcoal drawings that transform the figure into a strong, yet fragmented subject. The artworks have grown from the history of the grotesque female body. She is unretouched, raw, comfortable in her own imperfect skin. I believe the terms beautiful and ugly can be interchangeable. Or rather, that subjects historically associated with the abject or the grotesque can be represented in a way that both defies their traditional roles and makes them powerfully beautiful.
When drawing, I use large brushes to move powdered charcoal across the paper surface in a painterly fashion. I use a variety of unusual tools as well as water and acetone to disrupt uniformity. My drawings possess a certain spontaneity because I embrace the unexpected. The result is a series of images that exhibits both graphic contrast and whimsical detailed form.