My work deals with the idea of conflict- concentrating on how it acts as the antithesis of comfort. I focus on the varying levels of discomfort within people caused by the restrictions and rigid criteria that establishes an ideal that people should stive towards. These uniform ideals are constantly thrust upon us by society and generates pressure that affects how we perceive ourselves and others. Through my paintings, I portray the raw emotion felt my peers, powerful portraits that reflect the intimate and enlightening conversations I have had with the individuals. I depict women who identify as queer in some form or another and how they approach this conflict internally and within society. Each portrait is loosely paired with and exhibited alongside a text-based light painting utilizing similar colors. The painted poems are composed of a color scheme that reflects the strong emotions of the words and of the individuals.