I make sense of the world by making images about shared spaces, histories and social patterns. Seeking out and paying attention to these subjects provides a satisfying way to consider the larger social structures that frame daily life. Painting is my starting place, where I build connections between the personal the political. Though I often work alone in the studio, I also enjoy collaborating with the public as a part of my practice, usually in the form of participation and dialogue. In A City in Maps, a residency project at the deYoung Museum and SF New City Atlas, part of the Art on Market Street Poster Series, my work took the form of maps made from bits of paper trash that were donated by the public, or found in public spaces. Such maps are the visual product of social research, but also function as evidence of a public dialogue. They help me understand public spaces, like Golden Gate Park and Market Street in San Francisco, or moments in history, such as my map about the Panama Pacific International Exhibition.