I create ornate, mandala-like compositions that serve as a backdrop for politically charged figurative scenes. The most recent paintings explore Americans’ relationships to drug use, the war on drugs, and the pharmaceutical industry. The backgrounds are composed of masses of layered dots of house paint in myriad colors, recalling a pharmacopoeia of pills. They act as a painterly and metaphysical contrast to the socio-political narratives presented by the figures. With their euphoric colors and pyschedelic compositions, my work proposes painting as another mind-altering substance.