My recent body of work, rendered in oil paint, graphite, and ink, developed as a means of confronting a long period of severe illness and loss in my personal history. The work relates directly to these experiences and to lingering feelings of displacement. My overall vision is to produce a series that captures the ripeness of a moment just before it falls into decay. This series examines the dangerous allure of rooting oneself in memory by contrasting the willingness to be present against the comfort of complacency and melancholy. The resulting body of work is quiet and contemplative, with undertones of the sweetly sinister.