As a visual artist I'm very drawn to researching source imagery for my paintings. My figure paintings are inspired by various images from 1950's culture, often being painted in a manner that portrays the subject matter in a state of decay. I like the idea of presenting these subjects as tarnish relics, with paint splattering their faces, blurred paint, and other paint blocking the original imagery. I want the viewer to approach these works as they would a wall covered in graffiti, or an old weathered billboard- where the layers of different paint and texture create a history within the artwork. Parallel to my studio practice, I spend many hours searching for source materials, which often times range from film stills, magazine ads, or family snapshots. Collecting these images is a passion in itself, however it adds fuel to the painting process for me.