"Confined by the pandemic, my complicated attachment to the ocean re-emerged as a core theme in my painting. Growing up in Boston, I spent the summers on the islands off Cape Cod, where as a child I wrestled with a fear of drowning after some harrowing sails at age 5. I overcame my trepidation messing around on the shore and in boats as a young adult and became an avid sailor. Water has developed into a core component of my art over time both emotionally and physically. I now live and paint a 10 minute walk from the Pacific Ocean."