"My dad was in the military and we had traveled all over, so our family was very accepting of people and open to diversity. When we ended up living in a small Arkansas town, it was a huge shock. Although people were very polite and there was a certain Southern charm, there were also undertones of judgment, intolerance, and racism. It was an interesting contrast being raised like that, but I have to tell you I was itching to get out as soon as I could.
"My art reflects my fascination with contrasts and colors, and I think it comes from my experiences growing up. I like to explore the dichotomy, the differences between things that are and things that aren’t. A lot of my work has to do with the longing for connection too: connection to other people and connection to myself. Both my brother and I were adopted, and I find it interesting how I can be genetically related to someone even though I’m not physically present with them---and how I can be so close to my family even though we are not genetically related.
"Contrast and connection are major themes in all of my work."