My works in the series was to not portray a bias to either side, but instead sought to identify with the innocent civilians that are losing their lives in the crossfire everyday. These men, women and children are losing their loved ones, their homes, and often their lives in an unusually brutal war that has faded from the public's attention. My series of 7 paintings seeks to not necessarily bring the fighting back to the American consciousness, but to inspire a dialogue within the viewer about what it would be like to be living in Syria at the moment of the tragedy. My hope is to engulf the viewer into the psychological tragedies these people face by using visceral textures such as tar, caulk and trash.