My paintings combine vignettes of daily life, patterns from textiles and ceramics, historic and vintage scenes, still life, and allegory. My work evokes a graphic novel, book of hours, journal, encyclopedia or storyboard, and incorporates the pictorial language where image intersects with design. I create open-ended narratives with singular or groups of images, resembling a scene on a stage, or a movie still. Details like a light switch on wallpaper create the reference point of scale; life-sized yet intimate. A sense of place, and time passing is suggested. A television set becomes a theater where the events of the world are combined with un-related, contrasting thoughts, in images and symbols. Practical objects are paired with ornamental flourishes that are romantic, even humorous. The ordinary becomes mysterious. My palette, like a volume adjustment, adds to the sense of drama through color combinations that also enrich the composition.