"My Studio Work exists as a direct response to my chosen career. As designers, we often are tasked with supporting the telling of other people's stories. That can leave very little space for oneself, and as an artist force you to step away from your own identity. At a time when I was feeling particularly out of touch with myself, I began taking self-portraits in environments that existed for no other reason than to bring me joy. This led me to question what about those environments I found so exciting, and evolved into a series of paintings, photographs, sketchbooks, etc. entirely devoted to the concept of 'self' as an artist and designer, and how it relates to the work I create. There is absolutely an element of indulgence to creating art of your own face, but I think that taking time to literally look yourself in the eye and make space for yourself is an essential part of continued growth."