My paintings from photographs examine family stories. My own story is shaped by the loss of my mother at a young age. The images reveal tangible evidence that she was at one time present. Some create the illusion of a perfection that, of course, does not exist. Others give hints of brokenness. I also explore the voids—the catch-22 of narrative imagery—that leave one seeking additional information, as in the unfinished conversations that we would like to resume with loved ones no longer with us. Illustrating shared experiences, the images invite the viewer to imagine a connection to their own stories, thereby pulling back the curtain on all families.