My work is an extension of myself and my need to exist as an active player in the world in which I live. Throughout my childhood I suffered abuse and alienation from my family and peers. I was overweight, introspective and odd. My life was a painful burden for many years, but the experience did not leave me bitter or jaded; rather, I was afforded a depth of perspective into human interaction that few have the opportunity to learn. My paintings incorporate symbolism and figurative elements intended to speak for those who have been muted by apathy, suffering, and violence. My intention is to share with my viewer my own experiences and my interpretation of world events and history. I have hardly suffered the level of turmoil others have, yet, I feel a personal connection with those I paint and often use myself as a stand-in to symbolize the empathetic emotional attachment I feel for the subjects I address.