ARTIST STATEMENT: The study of the human body has been present in my work ever since the first nude I painted when I was seven years old. For me, eroticism is, to quote Octavio Paz, "sex plus something more." Beyond the mechanical, physical act of sex, eroticism is the mental, and the search for that "something more" is the point of departure in my work. I view nudity as truth, but the truth can be a struggle. Nudity and the erotic are often censored, even as violent images become more prevalent. So it is very important for me to continue exploring.