My work confronts addiction, self control, and body image, inspired by the art of stand-up comedy. Exploring comedy and its role as a healing tool, my insight has allowed me to challenge my perspective. I find myself celebrating the relationship between humanity and the busy, unforgiving world that we occupy. Observing behavioral tendencies and thought patterns, I have liberated myself from being controlled by them. I take these experiences into my studio, much like a comedian takes their experiences onto the stage. I prepare and photograph myself encountering these daily struggles. Using warped perspective, repetition, and humor, I capture and convey these endless struggles in oil paint. I offer a therapeutic aspect in each of my paintings as gaining awareness, shifting perspective, learning acceptance, and comedic relief has helped me throughout my own life.