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?


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24"x30" Oil on Canvas

A quote from the subject, edited for clarity;

"My biggest insecurity is my spine. It’s supposed to hold me upright and is the base of my body. Over time it has conformed to an S-shape and rotated my ribs to jut out slightly on my right side. It changed the way my muscles move and how well I can strengthen my back to lessen the pain. Being bullied as a young girl made me feel like a freak or an abnormality. In the locker rooms at school, I would go in a stall to change so nobody could see my crookedness. I felt like I had to hide my back, so I would buy bigger clothing that swallowed me. I wanted to be invisible. Now I know it’s very common to have scoliosis, but I can always see and feel the curves. Once I recognized that my spine is part of my body that I can’t change, I learned to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. When I left my worries about how others perceived my body, I made room to grow. I learned to love myself. It feels like now I have a shield to protect me from others scrutiny."

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