My process begins at parties or get-togethers where my friends and family are present. I take photographs of random moments of people interacting with each other or lone figures. I look at these photos when deciding what to paint. Through painting I want to represent persons I know and care about. It is an obsession of mine to observe how people relate to each other. I become an outsider who looks at these figures and paints them as I see them.
When I began this concept I used watercolor to stain plain white interfacing to create a blank space where only my friends existed. It was important to focus on just the person, to see them as I saw them without background interference. The stained image appears soft and delicate and is achieved slowly and with great care as the people represented are much cared for. To add more decoration and another level of thought based on personalities of my characters, I started to use patterned fabric as a base instead of interfacing. The pattern could be seen as an inner dialogue or as a space where that figure belongs. I clear an area for the individuals to live by bleaching out the pattern and creating a blank surface. I then stain the fabric with watercolor to establish their image.