“Catie” is the newest piece in the current body of work that I'm developing. Essentially, I want these pieces to be catalysts for a dialogue about feminism and gender, something that has always been important to me but became exponentially so after the birth of my daughter. The inspiration for this body of work came from a conversation that I had with my sister about wage inequality in her workplace and blossomed (pun intended) into a body of work that includes paintings of women in a variety of positions with flowers coming out of their backs, balancing on their foreheads, or covering their faces. I wanted to address the emotional and societal pressure to conform to a certain ideal that women face, as well as my interest in the symbolic duality of flowers as fragile, beautiful and sexual but also strong, persistent and adaptable. In “Catie”, the figure is looking up as if almost in an act of reverence, though her eyes and forehead are partially covered with soil and lavender. The viewer is left to question whether woman is embracing or rejecting the weight, and thus burden, of the flowers.