I was first inspired to paint on drum skins because I was attracted to the round frame, which I related to tondos from the Italian Renaissance. Upon working on this surface, I realized that the concentric markings left behind by the drummer was very beautiful in its own right. Unique in its composition and intensity, each drum skin tells a story. I source these skins from a local College music department, where everyday these skins are beaten to the point of near uselessness by eager young musicians. I then repurpose the skin by selecting it based on its unique design, which corresponds to the portrait I wish to render. I am interested in painting portraits of musicians who have fire in their bellies, those that reach a transcendental state while performing which is reflected in their expression. During these moments, I believe the tarnish of life fades away and the human spirit is evident most clearly.