Together is a series of watercolor paintings that involve the idea of the domestic, platonic- yet secretly dysfunctional western family. I paint family photographs, examining moments from generations of my genealogy and the people closest to me, using them as an example of a bigger picture. These paintings appear to be happy, humorous, and nostalgic. I incorporate ornate patterns, and repetition; a kind of controlled yet ominous chaos living behind the closed doors of suburbia. I break basic compositional rules- cropping the paintings, dismembering my subjects. I use watercolor, often letting it stain and soil my subjects while demonstrating hyper control and detail in other areas. Sometimes I allow regions of the painting to remain as negative space - a void in the story, expressing pockets of emptiness and isolation. Contradictions abound. Often, their pleasantries overtake the paintings, and they reach a level that is no longer enjoyable- allowing for the possibility that something grotesque is trying to surface.