I use art to bring the violence I experience as a detective with the NOPD to the forefront of the more cultivated art world. Art to ignite reflection, and artistic creation to spur a dialogue of resolution is the underlying purpose of pursuing this endeavor. I find solace in the tradition of painting to both memorialize and reason my subject matter. This is the natural progression of humanity and it is folly to devoid ones culture or self of art and of peace. The two are synonymous. I will shape the environment around me into one that seeks a transformation from the callousness of violence, an environment that promotes equality, compassion and a desire to improve. There must be an ever present self-interrogation of how we can improve our environment. Once can effect change with a brush far more than with force.