I first began my exploration of the body with a series of large scale, realistic tongue paintings. I have now moved on to full body paintings, and am dabbling in abstraction. The sensuality of the tongues is enhanced by the sheer realism, whereas the sensuality of the bodies is conveyed through broad, gestural paint strokes. Form, texture, and color follow the paint through all of my paintings, allowing me to eventually surrender to both the material and the process of painting. Focusing on the materiality of oil paint, and vibrant, competing colors, I also explore abstraction, creating textured surfaces with alternative mediums, and layering color on manipulated surfaces.