The intersection of fashion design and art has influenced my paintings. The more I delved into this genre I realized it was the people and their stories that I found more interesting than simply design itself. I combine a design sensibility with a fine art focus. This allows me to personalize the subjects I paint. They became more than just mannequins. I am interested in how people represent themselves. Through clothing and abstract patterning I develop a storyline for each figure. Elements of mood and disposition are outwardly represented through a subject's dress and environment