My painting practice is a ritual that reconstitutes my world. This ritual conjures female-centric visions and stories of trauma, resistance, and of women's complicated historical relationship to western land. Throughout my practice I also recognize that, as a white woman, my identity itself is a rich object of critique. I have developed a visual language that draws from the romanticization of the American West, while troubling its central ideologies of masculine power and white supremacy. I playfully explore the persistence of settler colonialism in the attitudes, postures, and symbols of machismo in contemporary life.