It takes courage to stand in front of a mirror and draw the reality of what you see. I begin each drawing in front of a mirror; observing my body. My physical form and mental state, as subject matter, have been offset – balanced if you please – within my art work. The materials I choose to work with directly inform and are informed by the imagery itself. For most of my life, I was a shadow; wrapping myself so tightly in the images of others, I sacrificed any dignity just to breathe. Voice was something unimaginable and frighteningly deadly. Today, my work is my voice. Interested in the oral traditions of story-telling; I draw and paint my own life as it relates to a greater story of the human condition; simultaneous tragedy and joy in perseverance. When a drawing becomes unfamiliar to me, I know it is finished and ready for others to feel and experience my work in relation to their own experiences.