My paintings are both portraits and visual narratives that encapsulate the confusion and darkness in my life. Growing up, I faced an array of jarring, traumatic, and beautiful events. To navigate and understand them, I turned to Tarot cards that use simple visuals with encoded meaning to help in understanding the external and internal. I also found peace in the natural world and connection with animals as spiritual interpreters that help me process complex ideas, feelings, and moments. In my paintings I imbue magic in the landscape with a sense of surrealist mysticism as well as moments of oddity in the scenarios depicted. I like to place objects unexpectedly and play with scale to create a sort of wonderland. Thickly laid paint and an almost childlike appearance gives my figures an even greater sense of strangeness. The use of these cartoonish figures as well as imagery that is reminiscent of youth sets up a contradiction between the dark content of the pieces and their appearance.
Though my heart and intention lie with Tarot, I often find Christian iconography appearing in my work. By allowing this part of my background to invade my pieces, while also employing tools from spiritual practices that feel more authentic to me, my work becomes representative of the harm forcing children into religion can cause. Just as I am, the pieces are a combination of contradictory identities and belief systems. Just as I felt oddly jammed into church, the figures in some of my pieces feel strangely out of place.