Each work in my series develops as an intimate exploration into color, which I isolate from prepared photographic materials and flesh out through sequential glazes of paint. The result is the creation of a tableau whose posed image is simultaneously intensified and counterbalanced by optical abstraction. To my eyes, this uncanny mixture of unassuming source material, tender brushstrokes, and surreal lighting draws to the surface mixed feelings of guilt and affectionate longing. My work is about instigating moments of dreamlike reverie in banal scenes of children and their playthings, and, in doing so, present to viewers what I believe to be the central conundrum of parenting: how the sight of one’s child remains bewitching in spite of the exhausting routine of raising them.