I am a symbolist, as the objects I choose to paint have engaged a visceral connection to me. My paintings are memories, reminders, messages to myself. Painting gives me the opportunity to be present, to listen, to perceive. I value the process as it exposes and explores emotions and thoughts that deserve recognition and resolution. A painting or a series of them, provides a resolution and permission to discard. To discard allows change. Change inevitably leads to growth. I believe the ability to change allows for endless possibilities.