The current cultural climate has made me rethink my work. I want to paint more than pretty and precise. This painting represents a new, gritty, and raw creative direction that builds upon the existing subtle defiance of my past work. A fierce eye with a snarl, enhanced by saturation and over-sharpened edges, represents a volcano that’s ready to explode. My model, Kaitlin, is defiant. She is smoking a joint and unapologetic about it.