My creative research has focused on the traditional form of the portrait as a powerful form of representing an individual and how meaning can be expanded through scale, brushstroke, color, texture, composition and the many variables that portraiture deals with. I expanded on the traditional portrait painting by cataloging my memories and thoughts along with the thoughts of the subject by painting under, into and over the subject in my own handwriting. My “hand” is visible both in the brushstroke and in the cursive writing, preserving my identity in a “readable” way both literally and through graphology, or handwriting analysis. 

Artist Statement