As a consequence of my illness, I became the subject, and my approach to painting changed as well. I began to notice a different language starting to develop, which was an abstraction in my art and reality. With this style of art, I began to use color to represent a mask and use a wood pattern to express how the exterior of my body felt after radiation. In this discovery, I start to incorporate other tools to depict the figure, instead of only using a brush. My new utensils consist of pens, a palette knife, along with scrapping and roller tools. Each portrait examines my interpretation of the different stages of my transformation. Through my observation I have discovered my direction in my current work is an introspective examination of myself.