I am certain that I exist to create art. Some of my most significant and early memories are connected with my passion for creating. Art has always given me a sense of comfort and identity. The people, places and events that profoundly affect me are the inspiration for my paintings, and I seek to give expression to my emotions related to these influences, rather than merely illustrate them. I use my role as an artist to confront and engage people through my work by connecting with them on a visceral level. To this end, I continue to paint – out of a desire to create a bridge between my experiences and my audience.