My paintings are updates of artworks from earlier eras. In updating them I refresh them to keep them alive and not be forgotten, I admire them and make them my own. I am currently inspired by early American folk artists. I have a stylistic kinship with them that allows me to carry on a dialogue with them. They were concerned with family and children. Their children are often depicted as innocents holding cuddly animals in bucolic settings. In updating these paintings I place these children in cities surrounded by their possessions and sometimes drugs, and branded with logos.