"I refer to my newest series as photo-paintings. Portraiture for the digital age. I use photography to render the details of a face, then employ paint mediums to take the image to a another level, which is more an emotional response to the person rather than an accurate portrayal of her. I want the portraits to take on the quality of dreams or memories, as when we're left with the dilemma of translating an image that's been stripped of its source. The face is a fact... and a fiction. Part illusion of the photograph, part reality of paint. I work mostly with digital photography and polymer mediums. I'm fascinated by the concept of transparency, where the layering of several films or washes of color becomes more than the sum of its parts. The layers set up ambiguities, allowing for a constant shifting of interpretation. In this newest series I print a digital image on transparent film, which is mounted on canvas. Then I apply polymer. The result takes on multiple appearances, like staring through a pool of water, colored glass, or an encapsulation in plastic. The medium might exist as a barrier, but with cracks in its surface. Here it serves a dual purpose: to permit a look through the subject, exposing her vulnerabilities; and to function as something impervious, protecting her. Bringing all these ideas together forms a narrative of contrasts, a way of presenting a very personal and visual journal."