The human figure made me into an artist. While still a teenager, I contracted a painful physical condition that limited my movement and changed my body. Acutely aware of what pain and exhaustion looked like, I watched how people carried themselves, because I wanted more than anything to appear strong. My painful relationship with my own body began to define how I depicted human bodies, and my figure work has come to embody a joyful and angry chaos.
I create my figure studies at Figure Tuesdays, a weekly figure study session that I co-facilitate through Agitator Co-operative Gallery in Chicago, where I am a founding member. I also teach life drawing at the college level, and love seeing younger artists fall in love with the figure.