The figure is the embodiment of the human experience. It is the site of courage, joy, and love, of compassion, fear, and pain, of struggle, loneliness, and frustration, of sorrow, of loss. As a narrative, figurative painter, I use the figure to depict these universal emotions. A narrative is time captured in a moment. The synthesis of the photographic and the painted image, within the familiar context of the family, invites viewers to explore their emotions and transcend worldly barriers--perhaps recalling a moment from parenthood, or childhood, perhaps renewing a quest to understand the meaning of our existence. These moments display a benevolence that might be masking deeper, more malevolent variables.