Deception plays a significant part in human behavior; furthermore, self-deception is the innately human ability to conceal the truth from oneself to in order to more successfully hide it from others. My paintings explore those imagined stories through the use of the figure. These deceptions become personal mythologies in order to cope with a sometimes less than perfect reality.
I envision the subjects of my paintings as the protagonists of their own fables. The expressive mark making builds and refines the images but remains as evidence of the construction of both the painting process and of the fabricated nature of the narrative. In my work, I seek not only to give a glimpse into the hidden worlds that lie beneath the surface of our day-to-day lives, but also bring into question the validity of these fictions.