Responding to everyday stresses, anxieties and wonder, Amy Freeman creates narrative imagery that embraces the use of self portraiture. By nature, she is an actress but is too apprehensive to perform on stage. Instead, the studio becomes her theater where she actively draws and paints from direct observation. Aided by wigs and the occasional costume, Freeman alters her appearance while laboring to best portray a desired emotion and endure any necessary discomforts to fully express it. Motivated by daydreams and guided by passions that play a daily tug of war, she visually integrates reality with a spectacle of childhood fantasy, creating a transition between the simplicity of long ago and the complexity of what exists now.