When I choose to first portray meat in my paintings I was reeling from a death in my family. Before that point, I had never thought of painting meat. However, in that moment, taking lessens for dutch still life painters and my own family, (my grandfather was a butcher) it seemed natural. In that instant, meat was a good way to represent life and death for me. Later on meat became a great way to show constant physical pain in my work.
The evolution of the rubber chicken came for my long-term admiration of Chaim Soutine's chicken paintings, mixed with my sense of humor, and a search for a new still life item. Ultimately, resulting in the birth of my rubber chicken paintings. In my work the hanging rubber chicken describes both the comedy and endlessness of a chronic illness. Also at times, depicting Christ and Christ sense of humor.