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In my Realities series, I use paint and collage elements to build rough surfaces full of texture, adding and stripping away layers using palette knives to reveal prior layers underneath mostly white canvases, sometimes enriching the amalgam with cement. Afterwards, the pieces are finished with charcoal and paint. While the whitewashed textured surfaces of my artwork represent our limited perceptions of reality, the charcoal and gestural lines are like cryptic messages we sometimes receive. The multiple layers beneath surfaces of my paintings symbolize the unknown, things we might only see, feel or experience in glimpses, and if we so choose, are available to us to reflect on and contemplate.