Growing up as an only child, I spent a lot of time alone in my room. I paint from photographs that capture these memories—particularly ones that I find beautiful and comforting. Each of these scenes reveal my heightened appreciation for interior design, isolation, and familial love. My parents were open to my creativity as a kid, allowing me to constantly rearrange my room and repaint my walls. I was lucky to grow up in a supportive home, and as an adult, I have continued to create spaces for myself that reflect my personality. I paint my room as it appears, with my Aquaphor bottle next to my bed and my cinnamon toast on my desk. Each of my paintings is accented by a touch of green from the plants that I spend my free time nurturing. Framed photographs from my childhood are always found in the foreground or background of my pieces. These objects in my room are familiar to me. The relationship I have with them is similar to a teddy bear that you confide in as a child and feel uncomfortable to go to sleep without. When viewers experience my work, I want them to feel welcomed into my home. More than anything, I hope that my paintings communicate the feelings of comfort and nostalgia that I’ve experienced in these spaces.