My art practice has been a way of defining, remembering, and being present to my life journey as I build out meaning between myself and others. This is accomplished primarily through researching - exploring family albums, documents, and first hand stories. I am simultaneously interested in mundane objects and pieces of nature. I immerse myself in observing the objects, being attentive and present as a way of meditation and being. I accomplish this in my art through obsessive photographic representation. Through this tedious process I am wholefully engaged with the image/object and the process. I become very present and engage with the person I paint. It is through this process that I begin to uncover the intricacies of how specifically faith, personhood, history, culture and identify form the individual and its relationship to myself.