I have been fascinated with words since childhood. I love the sounds they make, the stories they can tell. Many of my paintings and mixed-media artworks are informed by dictionary definitions and/or the cultural meanings of words and phrases that I find especially intriguing. These "Word Portraits" incorporate found objects, letters, and lines from my poetry and other texts. Below are a few recent examples. The caption below each image provides more context and/or the definition that inspired the piece.