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My work explores text in a metaphoric way through mixed media painting, drawing, and collage. The deconstruction of words as symbols to create points of reference in a seemingly arbitrary context means I’m able to gather material from unlikely, unexpected sources. Throwaway items, scraps of paper, and discarded material I collect ultimately become an extension of the physicality of the paint itself. For years I worked as a graphic designer, and elements of design tend to assert influence, making the castoff pieces a starting point for both the composition and the subject matter, with random words and arbitrary text establishing a narrative for the viewer.