In my Tourist series I use the notion of travel and destination as metaphor for the turmoil of inner life in contemporary times. European Grand Tour monuments, art historical references, and tourist snapshots merge and collide onto the painted surface in a twenty-first century expressionistic aesthetic. I’m interested in the embodiment of space and emotion in artworks, which comes from my dance background. For the first half of my life I was a ballet dancer, and that intense training of spatial awareness is stamped deeply in my DNA. When I paint, it’s mostly from photographs, using my imagination to project myself into the space of the image.