I strive for elegant simplicity while working figures into abstract environments. The figure and ground merge, resulting in a loss of certain edges, which is intended to create a sense of submission and solitude. The environment creates and becomes a part of the figure, and the figure fades into the surrounding space. The lack of defined facial features adds to the idea that the figures are not specific individuals, but rather representative of anonymous people. I am an indirect painter, which means that my paintings consist of numerous layers applied over many months. The layers add to the richness of the paint and also result in a reduction in detail. My paintings are more about the emotions they evoke than the specific figures represented.