I contrast realistic figurative depictions alongside abstracted representations of the body. These are metaphors for my experiences of womanhood, motherhood, sex, love, loss, self-preservation, panic, desire, and knowing. I use colored pencils to render my hands frequently, because they represent my intention and action. I also paint symbolism of the mouth, tongue and teeth because this space is the gateway between inner self and outer world. Through mouth and hand, I experience intimacy and desire. They create boundaries while also being entry points. Through my work, I invite you to experience this same push and pull between entering and observing from a distance.