Inspiration for my projects often comes from the cycle of breakage and healing that people go through in life. Sometimes it is a smaller sensation, like a branch being broken, but other times it is a complete uprooting. My own triumph over pain as well as the beauty I have found in watching others’ journeys is deeply embedded in my work. I lean toward addressing issues such as mental health, safety, identity, and empowerment. My studies have paved the way for my exploration of figurative representation of pain and sympathy.Giving slightly human-like qualities to any figure evokes sympathy within the viewer, who will automatically try to situate themselves in relation to it. For example, the struggle of a tree in the desert generates a feeling of relatability- whether it is emotional pain or a difficult life experience. I create the work that I do in order to nurture growth of my own heart so that I can better understand the hearts of others. By evolving in compassion, humanity is gently nudged back toward its center.