"I am a recovering drug addict and alcoholic who has been clean and sober since October 1, 2005. I have been an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous since March of 2006. After taking a 6 year break from academics and accomplishing a year of sobriety, I returned to school to pursue a career in art and education. In 2009 I was asked by a professor to produce a 6-part series of paintings that had to be personal and meaningful. I chose to use this opportunity to tackle a topic I felt does not receive enough exposure, the consequences of drug and alcohol abuse. My premise is that, although an obvious consequence of drug and/or alcohol addiction is death, there are many more. And, that many of the others have painful consequences, both for the addict and their loved ones. The paintings I produced were non-traditional portraits of people I knew personally and/or whose families I knew personally. I felt that the subject matter would be easier to connect with, and feel more real, if the viewer knew these were portraits of real people who experienced the subjects of the paintings. I chose the three shown here because I felt they were the strongest of the six and the easiest ones to relate to and understand whether they stood in a series or as individual works."