This series of oil paintings is an analysis, a summary, a diary, and a confession. For me, creating art is a process of self-knowledge and excavation. Through art, I refocus on feelings and emotions to create a connection to the world around me. Time passes, and many factors influence who we are. Over our lifetimes, people experience similar struggles, regrets, and moments of relief. With every choice, there is loss and gain. Sunlight always comes with shadows, and every cloud has a silver lining. Art provides me with an opportunity for non-verbal expression and communication about these ideas. Each person is a unique part of this world. I want to cherish this uniqueness in myself and others. The graduate program has enabled me to explore my inner mental activity more than ever before. Although I paint specific individuals, I am also recording the impressions, feelings, and abstract stories that swirl around them.