I am a realist artist who enjoys painterly brushstrokes and interesting mark-making. Although I declare myself a realist, these interests in the surface quality of paint often lead to an abstract quality to my work. As a contemporary realist painter, I embrace the centuries of art that have come before me and realize that narrative, psychology, fantasy, reality, and the action of painting itself all have a place in my artwork. It can take me from a tightly painted still-life to a loosely constructed portrait that often becomes more about the marks than the subject. I enjoy painting things I find meaningful and close to my heart- family members, animals, nature, and still-lifes of things that I encounter daily. My current work blends images, text, and abstract marks as a means to explore childhood memories and their connection to who I am as an adult today.