At the core what makes us different from those around us? To address this my work focuses on the idea of self and the human figure. I have adopted painting as my main medium as it has a rich history in portraiture and a classical idea of identity. To me we are the integrated layers of both positive and negative thoughts, actions and feelings. Within the painting those layers, marks and brushstrokes represent the destruction and reconstruction of the multi faceted idea of identity. This dynamic creates a glimpse into what makes us who we are.