I paint mostly intuitively and what appeals to me in the moment and so my paintings will often reflect my mood. My work is influenced by my family, my friends, the people I meet, where I live, and what my eyes see every day.
Beginning with a feeling or emotion, I put colors and lines down until an image gradually starts to appear. It could be a face, a figure, or a crowd, and usually a piece will go through many changes before I consider it finished. I love the idea of conjuring up characters in painting like a fiction writer will invent characters in a story.
As well as faces, I am drawn to painting people looking out toward something with their backs to the viewer. What are they looking at? What is their story? I like to leave it to the imagination. Sometimes I will tear up old paintings and glue them on to a canvas or a blank sheet of paper as a starting point. Acrylic paint is my favorite medium but I work with watercolor, crayons, pastels, and ink as well. Recently I have been making ink drawings and copying some of the faces from past paintings as a way to learn more about them.
I continue working on my art until I get to a place where it pleases me. Sometimes I get to that place fairly quickly and sometimes it can take months. It can be infuriating and challenging but always satisfying in the end. I generally go through a period when I feel the painting or drawing is never going to please me; it’s often when I give up all hope that I’m ever going to be happy with it that I care less and it transforms into something I like better.
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