My art is about storytelling and beauty. Story telling is how we connect and relate to each other. It is a way to build empathy and compassion, a way to find our common ground. I turned to realism to master traditional techniques to create a vocabulary to express compelling concepts that I am passionate about. Painting about climate change brings forth the idea of saying goodbye – both personally and globally. I hope to instill in the viewer a sensation of an abundant spirit, to impart vitality and hope, whether in the form of euphoric rapture or of a brooding struggle.