My paintings examine our surroundings through heightened color and shifts in scale. I am interested in emphasizing the material of paint: Certain areas are washed while others are layered, with spaces that dissolve into abstraction. My process begins by loosely combining photographs of different locations. As each painting progresses, I rely less on the photos, and more on my memory of these places. The finished paintings are invented landscapes, more fictional than actual. I am interested in the area between representation and abstraction and in exploring this through painting. My intention is for the completed painting’s imagery to exist somewhere between what is real and imagined.