"I attempt to capture the connection and spirit of my friends and family within paintings. I represent that connection visually with my arbitrary use of color and textural use of opaque paint. The process of painting allows me to explore and represent these unique relationships. Often, painting feels like a battle in which I struggle with myself to physically complete a work. Each of my works is a visual representation of that arduous fight. In the end, my paintings become a symbolic embodiment of my relationship with the person I am painting."