I just want to be worthy of Frida Kahlo's love.
I have spent years painting dreamscapes, treating dreams as a theatre where I process my emotions by projecting them onto my body or the bodies of others. In recent years, I have turned this energy to exploring the body as site of emotional expression, painting violently altered bodies as a way of coping or processing. However, the more I experience real violence inflicted on my real body and become aware of the systemic violences woven into the structure of our society, the more I become interested in pushing to make the actual more dreamlike. I have mostly approached this from a botanical angle: plants that look like aliens or evoke a sense of ritualistic symbolism. Botanical forms provide a vehicle for a gentler approach to the division between tumultuous mental spaces and perceptual reality.
I'm a figurative painter who was born and raised in Northern California. I received a BA in painting from UC Santa Barbara in 2014 and spent a year studying at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. I currently live and work in Sacramento, CA.