I am a painter who works with both water base and oil paints. Inspired by artists such as Alice Neel, I use various color palettes, playful brushstrokes, and layers of paint to evoke a certain mood or emotion. People and the concept of time have always intrigued me: memories, stopping time in its place, and bringing unknown memories back to life. Even when I am not painting, I am constantly observing other people, humans in general. My interest for painting figures came from when I studied abroad in Italy: I sat on a park bench and watched a group of old women, who were clearly lifetime friends, talk for hours. Their gestures, facial expressions, conversation, connection, all inspired me. I snapped a photograph of them sitting together and painted this moment, now a memory. After returning to the states, I began painting my friends or who ever was surrounding me, curious to explore expressions, faces, and emotions. I took many figure drawing classes during this time with the intent to incorporate more figures into my paintings. Today, I am interested in using faces and figures inspired from vintage photographs to tell a narrative and try to stretch the imagination.