Tidy piles of studio scraps, flowers on the floor, a red water bottle, and birthday cakes are recurring features in my work. I collect seemingly banal and discarded objects and paint my daily encounters with them; expressing that even a pile of junk is worth painting. While some paintings are made directly from observation, others start from photographs of quickly-passed moments. I use casual marks, flattened fields of color, and invented line and shadow to break down the recognizable into something ambiguous yet familiar. The remaining abstraction is where we may find unexpected humor or joy. Currently my work is transitioning from capturing the humor and sweetness of these overlooked moments to creating more illusions of flat and conflicting spaces.