I paint girlhood where character and identity are forming quietly beneath the surface. The paintings reveal strong and dignified women-to-be who grapple with their world through the serious work of imaginative play. I contemplate their safety and surroundings as they pause in magical moments or quiet introspection. Home interiors, fiery valleys, or muddy shorelines are some of the places where I document these young future citizens of our planet and society. Each work invites viewers into a multilayered narrative that extends beyond the canvas.