The Blends painting project is 3 years in the making and ongoing, with over 30 paintings completed to date. The series began as a way to explore my multi-culturalism as a uniquely blended individual, along with the intention to collect and portray narratives from friends and acquaintances. Abstraction begins with content as the paintings develop from solicited lists and stories of real peoples’ cultural and ethnic backgrounds and experiences. The blended-ness of people creates interesting identity issues that the abstract “portraits” explore through formal investigation: colors are distinct, but layered together they become new forms, and the paintings develop as I join these parts into harmony. In this way, I am constructing composite “portraits” made up of colors and shapes that combine visually to create a new and complex identity. Paintings are exhibited with the corresponding stories.