A collection of paintings created in hopes of providing an avenue to make art more accessible for the everyperson. Artworks inspired by mental illness, the ramifications of substance abuse, cultural displacement, and a DIY ethic. Subject matter is formally and conceptually married by the usage of erasure, re-working areas, and allowing the stages of the works to show through. Quickly-applied and layered strokes emulate the physical effects of distraught as well as the cognitive process of understanding negative mental states. Utilizing decontextualized scenes of distress, the artworks rely on the viewers’ projection of themselves onto the scenes. The audience is able to form their own conceptions of relationships between pieces, the timeline of events depicted, and the artist attempting to reveal himself through his work. This provides space for individualistic understanding of the body of work, as well as encouraging looking through the lens of personal connections to concepts and imagery. By only telling part of the story, I hope the viewer is able to see how similar our stories are and the human connectivity we often forget.