My paintings occupy the category of still life while working against the genre’s expectations by presenting objects in unfamiliar, surprising compositions. Working solely from real life, I seek a feeling as I take hours setting up each painting’s composition. The objects themselves are distinctive: Classic still life objects, like fruit and drapery, are combined with overlooked and often discarded relics of our everyday lives. I attempt to transcend the ordinariness of the objects to create a quiet humor, an abject quality, and subtle philosophical questions about art and our lives. Using traditional oil painting methods beautifies the most ignored and mundane. Objects speak to our senses, recalling our interactions with the world, evoking our memories. Poetic combinations of objects create new meanings and flatten any assumed hierarchies of materiality.   I have always admired still life painters and have been influenced and moved especially by Audrey Flack, Giorgio Morandi, and Juan Sanchez Cotan.