When I’m painting, I tend to yield to the spontaneous development of the artwork. I allow gravity and evaporation to become my allies in creating each piece. I enjoy observing the organic processes that occur without human influence, both inside and outside of the studio. The ethereal quality of my work is created one thin layer at a time with great care and patience. Any hurried methods cannot replicate the organic aesthetic that these dozens of layers make– they must be left to develop on their own. In my Cut-Out series, I use a process not unlike that of Matisse. The economy of design and the functional simplicity therein allows for the creation of simple, archetypal pieces. I use familiar yet abstract details to suspend the viewer in contemplation of the universality of imagery. Using negative shapes and emphasizing spacial relationships, I carefully consider scale and balance. Works in this series are meant to be lively, colorful, utopian, and uplifting. It is in these works that I feel most connected to my background in art, design, and illustration. In my Billboard series, I create time capsules that indulge in the duality of the calmness and chaos of living in the present world. I’m interested in using found objects, upcycled books, magazines, newsprint, and other print materials to assemble contemporary archives that ask viewers to reflect on their ephemeral footprint. These works allow for humorous reinterpretations of the collective consciousness of our culture.