In my work, I explore my subject from multiple perspectives. Through the use of stencil graffiti and collage techniques, I incorporate a universal iconography and symbolism to illustrate these perspectives. This assists in the creation of a graphic-based aesthetic that relies on metaphor and allegory to add meaning to my subject. My paintings are visual puzzles that can be interpreted in different ways by my viewers. Each surface is geometrically divided and each section of this surface contains a depth of layered colors and images. I try to use components of a visual, symbolic language that we all recognize on a subconscious level. With embedded smaller images I hope to spark some hint of initial understanding within the viewer so that they know that the abstraction they are looking at is based in the familiar. From this safe harbor they may then explore the unfamiliar or unconventional characteristics of the work.