As a survivor of abuse, painting is an excavation of everything I hid in my mind and body for survival during childhood. It is also an act of reclaiming my voice. I examine trauma and pain and celebrate the resiliency, joy, and transformation that occurs in spite of it. Because my work is rooted in and influenced by abstract expressionism, I’m intrigued by our internal processes as we experience life as an Other, both individually and collectively. I rely on abstract forms and composition to communicate what the biological and emotional processes of adaptation, recovery, and transformation look like internally.