I refract the autobiographical through popular culture and the history of portraiture. This gives form to paintings that are both conceptual and personal, rigorous and painterly. My work bears the influence of 12 years in Berlin, where I was inescapably an outsider. Returning to the US in 2013, this sense of being a foreigner persisted, allowing me to see my own culture from the outside. My identity and role within that culture became my subject matter.