Each painting begins with a vintage black and white photograph that captures an incidental moment in time. The shadows, poses, and fragments from an unknowable past, feel compelling to me; and while I paint from a record of someone else’s gaze, the images pass through me and become mine. As the painting evolves from my own choice of color, stroke, perspective and composition, I create a personal context and meaning. While I am interested in the nonverbal aspect of memory, in a personal way, I am intrigued by the collectiveness of memory. I want my paintings to tap into a longing for familiarity as they tell stories that connect uniquely.