I am looking at loss through the lens of childhood experiences. Loss not only the sense of death, but also in the sense of time, of place, and of self. Through nostalgia for simpler times, I observe moments that reveal the harsh reality of the human condition. After the passing of my closest childhood friend, memories from my youth resurfaced. Since his death I have been reflecting on our friendship as it developed from the innocent years of childhood to the complex and confused years in adulthood. Vivid memories of playing outside, building forts, and exploring the cemetery in our neighborhood flooded my mind. My work melds the pain and joys of life, while exploring the beauty and finality of death. Through child-like assemblages, gestural paintings, and interactive installations, I attempt to preserve the precious memories of my childhood home, neighborhood, and the cemetery.