This series is the culmination of a lifelong endeavor to paint with wild brushstrokes. The way certain painters use their medium to uninhibitedly express themselves has always fascinated me. And for years I longed to leave the same energetic marks, which somehow seemed just beyond my reach. Studying painting in Chicago and living and working in New York City allowed me to explore my painting style and finally find the brushwork I was in search of. For me, this was The American Gift.