The driving force behind my work is the opportunity to investigate someone’s story and illuminate a person’s past existence. My process begins with collecting historic black and white photographs of individuals connected to me from the early nineteenth century. These ephemeral documents are the main inspiration to my work. As a visual storyteller, I use these photographs as starting point to create painterly and textural portraits that are an artistic exploration of personal history in image and word. Often times my subjects will remain faceless because no matter how much I discover about them, they still remain a mystery to me.