The subjects from my Portraits are pulled from different regions of the South to emerge in these jarring, unearthly spaces. The blaze orange charges the figures with a loud and discordant tension, while intrinsically calling upon the color’s use in construction and presence for the outdoorsman. The urban sprawl, and it’s impact on the natural world, is something that unsettles me, but more importantly, the wildlife that call it home. These paintings of friends and family also investigate issues of identity by stumbling freely between portrait and self-portrait.