I grew up in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City and am now based in Philadelphia. Here, most of the work I do takes place in a communal space above the Italian Market. Picture making has been a way for me to embrace my suspicions of unforeseen relationships between chronologically distant events and bodies. My hunch at connection arises out of a powerful sense of loneliness, curiosity, and faith in the ability of a picture to energize the stuff of individual and collective imagination. Rather than an antidote to our separateness from each other, making becomes a way to explicitly consider a lonely state of being amidst shared perceptions of our surroundings, a mixture that consists of a chain of variously real and simulated experiences. We are each in the middle of this great swirl. I find few activities more bewildering, funny and revealing than starting with a raw material in order to deal with the underlying content of an emotional experience.