For the past several years my work has explored images that hold a mystery: children jump to impossible heights, clouds and waves portend something elusive. The series "Beautiful Disaster" looks at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that began on April 20, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. This series explores these images in a personal way, trying to make sense of the damage to our planet and the role of art in creating beauty and meaning in the shadow of tragic human error. My most recent series, "Aftermath," explores the process of becoming well after an illness. I wanted to depict the disorienting nature of being ill -- when ones’ world is no longer within the bounds of what was once normal. Underneath each painting are different journal entries written during my recent treatment and recovery for cancer. These words become the background for the narrative arc of each painting. My hope is that results are not morbid or brooding, but rather an exploration of an emotional journey and a celebration of life.