Artist Statement Submitted 2014
I’ve painted my models to have an ethereal glow, distinct from the background that might otherwise envelop them. Captured in their gaze is the knowledge that the person has experienced life fully and moved beyond life’s challenges. My hope is that their penetrating gaze will move the viewer out of complacency. The warmly resonant faces offer a gateway to the human interior, evoking psychological and social urgency. The detail in the painting is important in making them feel solid and real. These works become guides to explore the challenges that speak to the core of one’s own existence. Some of my pieces are painted on broken plaster shards, a world falling apart held together with the very same figure depicted within. Visually I liked the play of illusion created when seeing the true depth of the plaster against the perceived depth that the image creates.
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