In 2010 I began my MFA studies at Boston University. I came into the program wrapping up a series of representational oil paintings that had occupied my focus for the previous 2 years. In a time of boredom and frustration with oil painting I put my brushes down and set off to experiment with new ideas and materials. Over the subsequent 18 months leading up to my thesis exhibition I made hundreds of pieces using a variety of materials as I followed my nose through ideas and techniques. Eventually I found a real connection with working with wood. Wood brought me away from painting and into sculpture, inevitably leading me back to 2D through wood-based paintings.