ARTIST STATEMENT: I look to candid photographs of friends and family, lovers and loathers, suburban drunks and urban delinquents, in an attempt to visualize intangible relationships and fleeting emotions. Tainted and lubricated by alcohol, drugs, false hopes and desires, the characters I depict are ones we all know, hate, and love. Amongst the impermanence and elasticity that composes relationships between one person and the next, time, nostalgia, mortality, and the function of photography are also constant considerations in my work. Within photographs of situations, places, and people, exist spider-webs of relations. Some scenes are depicted accurately from a photographic source, and others are reconstructed from unrelated images, composing a new and imagined situation. The language evoked by hand gestures or posture is sometimes emphasized or contradicted by verbal language that appears in text form. The haphazardness and mistakes that are inherent in the act of painting when pouring or splattering, juxtaposed with the control of illustrative mark-making and figurative representation, push-and-pull each other much in the way that people tend to handle what it means to be human, whether by making conscious decisions, mistakes, or altering their perception of reality in order to deny or ignore the banality of it.