I have always erred on the side of observation— admiring the diversity of the world every day, as well as the diversity of people and their experiences. Human beings are incredibly interesting and complex creatures; the physical existence of humans is intriguing because we are all so different. We are a mosaic of different body types and shapes, different skin colors, and different experiences and world views.

The way that I choose to investigate this curiosity of mine is by painting the human figure and addressing the social phenomenon of body insecurity. My work draws attention to bodily insecurities in a way opposite to how models may be photoshopped to be perfectly smooth and free of cellulite and skin discoloration. I continually challenge my own internal conflict as well as the societal conflict of what makes a “beautiful” body.

How do we define beauty as a society? Why do we have to define beauty? Why have we been taught to see natural occurrences as features that should be concealed?

"Can't Fix This"

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24"x18" Oil on Canvas

A quote from the subject, edited for clarity;

"My biggest insecurity is the little bubble of deflated skin under my tummy. It’s my biggest because I can’t fix it. I can trim my facial hair, I can finesse my belly to look alright, and I can put my boobs into shapely bras but I can’t fix this. It makes me feel old but I know it’s probably from my weight gain. I started noticing in mirror selfies when I felt like I looked good, and then this shadow of deflated fluff just hangs there taunting me. To combat it I wear underwear that covers it. I don’t favor full nude selfies anymore so I take pictures of my ass instead lol. I’m confident in my body but there are always things that I wish others couldn’t see."

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