In producing the work for Attachment my focus was on tensions within relationships: presence and absence between individuals, symbiosis of parents and children, the individual identity within the broader community, as well as our one-sided relationship with nature. These paintings represent a departure from my previous work, which focused primarily on scenes of Canadian land for sale sourced from real estate websites. However, they may also be viewed as a continuation of my process of constructing open-ended narratives. I use several techniques in creating the scenes for my paintings; from altering found images to creating digital collages in Photoshop, and most recently, by staging models and props in a rented space. These source materials then act as a starting point for my painting process. Soon the materiality of the painted surface helps to create a distance from the reference material, and through this distance formal and painterly elements become narrative ones.