I make work about subcultures, outsiders, and the informal configurations of community. While I was trained as a painter, for the past twelve years, I have been additionally making animated documentaries and experimental films, from my paintings and collages, using stop motion animation techniques. Utilizing found materials - old magazines, photos, or objects, I aim to deconstruct the histories and associations of these items, to illustrate a point or give life to an idea. With all these mediums, my hope is to capture the essence of a person or place. When I interview a person in preparation for an animation, I seek a dialogue with each individual that will reveal their complexity in an effort to connect with what they are passionate about and see how it relates to their history and my own.