In college, I began two series of painting which I have continually revisited, both based on photography. The first, my Polaroitraits, based on Polaroids.The second series was based on found, vintage photographs I have collected on my travels which I am now referring to as "Historical Fiction." I have always been a fan of the eponymous literature genre and like the books I love, these paintings have their roots in history. My process begins in the markets of Berlin, Moscow, Istanbul, New York- I scavenge through junk stores and flea markets finding old photographs which interest me. Then, the research begins- I estimate the time period of the photographs and hypothesize who might be the subject and then I begin layering images- symbols of folk art, politics, religion, nature, etc. Text also plays an important part in the works- I have always had an interest in language and I incorporate famous proverbs and sayings into the pieces. I find this series (which I began in 2005 and have recently revisited) to be of incredible inspiration for me- I have a seemingly endless amount of vintage photographs and inspiration books from which to create compositions.