I believe that art is both a reflection of culture and an expression of the creator. I strive for both, inviting the viewers to find their own meaning based on fragments of history, the nightly news, cultural observations, memories, and personal experience. I look for subjects that connect and juxtapose childhood with adulthood, and I find beauty and meaning in scratched, dented, imperfect objects. Toys in particular evoke childhood memories, but I also find political and social commentary in playthings and old figurines. My paintings represent memories of an imaginative childhood and the adult realities of violence, war, injustice, and intolerance. They are both a literal and visual reference of who I am and where I come from.