I was raised in a rural middle class family, and my work reflects middle class mentalities. I use utilitarian and populist materials and subjects in a way that transforms them from the normal and everyday into the magical, mystical, sincere and poetic. Such a humble transformation shows the ephemeral nature of the content. My work needs to be humble and ephemeral because that is what makes it human scale: it is imperfect. The faults lie in the construction and materials; thereby the pieces will fall apart and the colors will fade. Everything has a life span: pop culture, objects, art, human life and the universe. I embrace and celebrate this part of life. The subjects I choose are taken from my life and interests to define myself and my art as part of the human condition. I chose the owl because I see him as an elusive and mysterious predator/protector. Owl is not a rendering of an actual owl, but a simulacrum of the mental and magical space that is this epic creature.