Mod Facade

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"Mod Facade" / 18" x 24" / acrylic on canvas / 2016

“Mod Facade” is a multi-color explosion loaded with intricate thoughtful detail. Every time you look at it you will see something new. The composition is dense with stylized faces-- some with replicated facial features-- made from bright outlined shapes of rich flat color. Swirls and rippling configurations flow upward from opened heads, symbolizing the inexhaustible movement and positive energy of creative thinking. Motion continues into the background with radiating, undulating, and circular formations, some embellished with checker board and grid patterns. The whole scene is energized with these waves of pattern and crisp line.

This is a celebration of being inspired by colorful characters and the wonder of singular creation.

Majestica

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"Majestica" / 16" x 20" / acrylic on canvas / 2016

“Majestica” represents female regality. It is a portrait of a woman exuding confidence and poise. Her facial features are doubled and the portrait is comprised of colorful shapes and swirls. She is resolutely the queen of her world and any world that connects with hers. Her rich rainbow-colored palette demands attention.

This piece is inspired by ancient Egyptian art, 80s new wave aesthetic, and images of pop icon Grace Jones. It continues a series of portraits which explore aspects of feminine presentation and identity. The greater series of paintings aims to challenge and confront expectations placed on the human form.

Son of Medeuxsa

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“Son of Medeuxsa” / 12" x 16" / acrylic on canvas / 2016

“Son of Medeuxsa” is a version of an earlier piece I painted "Medeuxsa" and a gender-swapped take on the theme and story of the powerful female monster, the Medusa. This nearly monochrome portrait is completed in shades of black, white, gray and silver and includes doubled facial features. His existence indicates an alternate outcome where Medusa was not seen as a monster, her powers were endurable and acceptable to a lover, and she lived to reproduce.  This son inherited several of Medusa's attributes including the headful of venomous snakes arranged into a modern “hairstyle”. His expression is thoughtful and calm though he is aware he has the ability to turn others to stone. He is disembodied by a bright pink line of upward paint drips-- a symbolic nod to the myth of Medusa and the fate she suffered.

Traditionally, the Medusa is used to symbolize specifically "female" rage and malevolence. The purpose of this male version is intended to highlight the fact that those qualities operate independently of any gender.

the story of a painting: "The Long Way"

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"The Long Way" / 16"h x 40"w x 1.5"d/ acrylic on canvas / 2016

I started this recent abstract composition because I had just finished a piece that required many different disparate colors and was left with a palette LOADED with paint I refused to waste.

I had a large canvas ready and began painting instinctively first with a palette knife. Soon, for some unknown reason, I began experimenting with the textures created when I troweled paint onto the canvas with different sized strips of stiff cardboard I had around for reinforcing packages.

This was the result of this experimentation and the first layer:

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Next, I used a brush to layer large flat shapes and covered those with a 1/2" check pattern. Only to forever alter all of that work within minutes by grabbing a few bottles of fluid paint and letting it flow down the surface of the painting from every edge.

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Then I started using the shapes created by the drips to inform and create other parts of the painting.

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Around this time, I had a little buddy keeping me company as I worked:

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The final bout of inspiration was to create wide winding and swerving unconnected bands, each made of four side by side colors...

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...because by then the meaning of the painting was revealed to me. I know that probably sounds weird, but a lot of times if I paint just for fun, I have no idea what I am painting until I am about two-thirds of the way through.

Once the shapes I had just created were outlined in black, my vision was complete and the painting was finished.

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Those colorful swooping unconnected bands represent past false-starts and disjointed paths. The painting is called "The Long Way" because it symbolizes the emotions of having arrived to a specific point in one's life having taken a difficult and unorthodox way to get there.

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The various layers resulted in a delightfully rich textured background. And, the drip-lines came to symbolize spontaneity and things that are inevitably not within our control, which fit in with the overall theme perfectly.

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Augmented Portraits (an origin story)

Last year, I made a mistake while I was laying out a commissioned portrait on a canvas in pencil. I don't know what it was, maybe I hadn't had enough coffee that morning, but something caused me to sketch the face far too low on the canvas. After staggering a bit, aghast at my own negligence, I erased what I could and started over. Of course, as we know, graphite never erases truly clean.

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