Perhaps the biggest struggle in my life I’ve ever experienced is the death of my mother I was estranged from. During my first semester in graduate school,my mother was diagnosed with colon cancer that eventually spread to her liver. She died two months later. The following summerI was eating breakfast in Michigan and I saw the most beautiful slice of meat glistening in the morning sun. I knew I had to paint this piece. This single painting became my series of constant obsession to re-experience that joy that I found that one summer morning. The bacon series made me happy during the darkest hour of my life.