The female figure is endlessly fascinating. After eight years working in advertisements, I saw firsthand how media shapes women’s perceptions of how they should look, act, and even feel. Now free from the forces of mainstream media, my art seeks to show women how beautiful they truly are. Using figure studies to display the female figure in various environments and positions, I am able to create portraits full of life and movement, mimicking the natural beauty of the women they represent. These paintings are meant to empower women everywhere to embrace their inner and outer selves. Maintaining my artistic style, these pieces have all been completed entirely with palette knives -- no brushes. These pieces experiment with layered images to create depth and interest.