My art is inspired by whatever is happening to me, and whatever I'm interested in at the time that I'm making it. So there's no one overarching theme or subject that I'm consistently trying to work through. Each piece or each separate body of work is just a reflection of what I was thinking about or very inspired by at the moment I made it.
I depict a lot of women in my work, primarily because I'm a woman and I just think you feel drawn to representing yourself. And also the way I think and the way I express myself, I'm very drawn to stories and storytelling. And so I think that's why I also do figurative art more than abstract art. So in that way, I just think drawing women is inherent to me. But it is a conscious decision to make them the kind of woman that I hope to be, the kind of woman that I feel I am, and the kind of woman I'm afraid I am too. I want my women to be both reflections of myself and real women, and also enhanced versions of us.
I deal with my insecurity in my work in two different ways. Sometimes I deal with it by making a hyper-aggressive, hyper strong, powerful woman, and she’s everything that I wish I was. And then sometimes I do make pieces about vulnerability because we all have that. So I do think it's important to reflect on that in my work. For me personally, I would never publicly talk about what I'm feeling, but I can reflect those insecurities in my work.
I've really been into Nobuyoshi Araki for a while; his photography is really inspirational to me. I love American folk art, too. I love the patterns from Grandma Moses, Clementine Hunter. They're really cool. Tamara de Lempicka. I just love art. So I'm always looking. I love furniture designers. I love architects. I think that you can be inspired by more than just paintings.