I have always been drawing figures ever since I was around 5, I liked the fact that everyone looks and feels different, even twins. The subtle variations of characteristics in every face really intrigued me, and I had always secretly challenged myself to make as many unique faces in my imagination as possible. Entering college as an illustration major I was mentored by one of my favorite painters — TM Davy, who makes these incredible illuminating figure paintings, and I was influenced by him quite a lot. But I realized after a while that when I paint figures from life or from reference, I feel as if I am capturing someone else’s moments, and what I really wanted to do was to paint moments from my life and how I was feeling. So when I started doing my abstract paintings with watercolor as the medium, it immediately felt right.