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Artist Statement

I create detailed, photo realistic, yet stylized, figurative oil paintings on canvas. Some of my paintings feature models that portray characters from Classical Greek mythology with contemporary attributes. Other paintings include sculptures that depict women created during the Hellenistic through the Neoclassical movements. I sometimes include flowers in my work, serving not only as a metaphor for women, but also to symbolize the concepts of purity, tragic love, and shame; reflecting the mythological narrative represented in the painting as well as the continuing, yet outdated purity standards placed on women’s sexuality and the associated feelings of shame. I have recently focused on superimposing portraits of contemporary women onto the sculptures represented in my work. These paintings question what is “set in stone” in regard to gender roles and the ways in which perceptions of women and gender have hitherto changed or remained constant. These paintings also suggest a pygmalion theme, but these models  contradict Ovid’s poem, becoming “real women” by breaking free of restricting social norms and gender stereotypes, rather than finding life in an idealized image of woman.