My work is about celebrating the moments where parental responsibilities are assumed, familial intimacy is established, and childhood memories are formed. Special attention is given to children, toys, and childcare paraphernalia, the sight of which can convey feelings of guilt and affectionate longing, especially among parents. I seek to draw these feelings to the surface by depicting my subjects in vibrant hues, surreal lighting schemes, and tender brushstrokes. Each work in my series develops as a sensitive exploration of color. Working from prepared photographic materials, I develop an intimate relationship with my subjects, gradually fine-tuning the emotional and spatial qualities of their image through successive glazes of paint. The result is a tableau whose posed image is simultaneously intensified and counterbalanced by optical abstraction.