My work changed drastically in 2010 when I found myself creating surreal organic environments. Although I started from a place of abstraction, they became filled with strange hybrids of flowers, cells, and symbols that appeared like organisms from another planet. It was only later that I found out I had a disease crawling through my body at an alarming rate. When my oncologist showed me the MRI and close-ups of the cells under a microscope, it looked almost identical to what I had been painting—tentacles and all.
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