I am intrigued by the array of objects we choose to have, whether we place them on our mantels for display or put them out of sight behind cupboard and closet doors. These collections are the subjects of my paintings. Taking inspiration from the Dutch still life tradition, I emphasize the object's physical presence by heightening color, paying careful attention to detail and accenting the inhabited space. By revealing the whimsical beauty of these often overlooked objects, I bring attention to the ways that they both reveal and create our sense of self.