I have a need to ritualistically create objects and explore materials. In my hands personas are spawned from paint, paper, nostalgic craft supplies, and cosmetics. These personalities are unfamiliar to me- but I want to understand them. I conjure up fantastical creatures that plead with viewers to come closer, to examine their beauty, as well as their repulsion. They reflect human personas by honoring facets of our personalities while aggressively displaying absurdity to provoke our empathy. Alluring color, textures and rich materials work together to showcase each creature’s persona while drawing on the viewer’s curiosity to engage with the work.