In my work I currently reference myself, as well as images of family members to create melodramatic narrative paintings. I explore the development of identity through memory and experiences of growing up. Aging is something that we all have in common, but is also individual to each of us. Through my paintings I attempt to reveal and personify the anxieties of experiences that come with age, such as loss or trauma. A common theme in these paintings is the exploration of the body through its deterioration, its many stages of development, as well as struggles with body image. I suggest that issues with body image can heighten one’s realization of their temporality.