My work is about figuring out who I am, and what my values are. I accomplish this by creating pieces that reflect things and people I care about. I feel that my work is the only time I feel comfortable being selfish and talking about myself. I find that I change my personality based on the expectations of the people around me, and I wanted the opportunity to embrace ideas I care about. In the art world, I feel there is pressure for your work to interact with an audience and the world at large. I wanted to reject this notion, not because I don’t think it’s important, but because I would continue to follow what was expected of me rather than how I felt. My work is intended to have meaning for myself and to look nice; I think the audience should be free to interpret my work as they please. Recently, I have been focusing on the little parts of life that make me feel happy and grounded in the moment in front of me. This typically involves my relationship with my boyfriend, my relationship with nature and the environment, and things that I enjoy instinctively and without reason. As a result, my media and subject matter are always changing, although I usually focus on the figure and use oil paint. I hope to continue to use my work to explore parts of myself and have confidence in the person that I have become.