In my series 'Encounters' the birds and animals I depict are a medium for the representation of the human encounters. The use of birds and animals takes the work beyond the specific into a more universal statement. I'm interested in the shared experience of relationships - sibling, romantic, brief interactions etc. I find it interesting that we sometimes find an immediate and deep connection with someone with whom we have nothing in common on the surface. And that the relationships we establish growing up seem to continually resurface in our lives. Or that we remember certain individuals all our lives even though we might never have known their name. Contrasting areas of texture and transparency with the paint as well as representation with abstraction reflects the process of change and transformation that characterizes experience.