In 2019 I began collaging images from magazines into my work, as a means to bring the figure back into my studio practice. My early drawings were based on a love for the human form, yet I became unable to find figure drawing enjoyable after my mother passed away in 2005. The pleasure I had always found in the figure turned to sadness with the realization that my mother would no longer enjoy her own body, and in my grief I turned to abstraction. After more than a decade of avoiding direct representation in my work, I’ve now begun to use my abstract lines as a means to enhance more representational imagery. Collage is quick, and cutting pictures has become as therapeutic to me as painting has always been. I am fascinated by how the context of an image changes dramatically when placed on a new background, and how pulling something into focus can make its story so much stronger.