Artist Statement Submitted 2017
Born in the places of porches and plows, the stories that grace the American South are as old as the region itself. Growing up in rural South Carolina on land purchased by my family in 1905 was like living through five generations of stories every day of my life. Most of these stories instilled in me a strong sense of identity for my Southern home. Through drawing and painting mediums I layer line and pigment to capture the genuine moments of rural life. I use both mediums similarly to reveal the developmental process of the entire work. Early laid layers of line and pigment are left uncovered or uncorrected while others are built up to heightened detail and clarity. By working this way, I am able to depict an image that is more accurate to the way our eyes sees; the details are focused in specific areas while the rest blurs or fades off into the peripheral, placing greater authenticity on my subject matter. Remaining genuine through every step, I celebrate the richness of the South.
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