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Based on photographs of my immediate and extended family collected over many years, my paintings began as an investigation into the memories and mythologies of my childhood as a military brat. Originally I conceived the work as a personal exploration into the stories from my own childhood and the influence of family photographs on the perceived clarity of my memories, concentrating on subtexts of gender roles, sibling relationships and the fragility of family. Landscape imagery gathered during my travels provided the environments into which I tried to adapt subjects from the vintage photography. As this body of work has developed, it has focused more specifically on the transience of my childhood and its relationship to the 1950's notion of achieving the American Dream: the uprooting of families to chase that dream, the constant effort to adapt to a foreign landscape, the loss of roots and longing for extended family, and the ever present nostalgia, not only for a time that may or may not have existed, but for a place called 'home'.