“My work is about painting as much as I can.”
. I paint things I find on the internet; I look for things that have personality or character to them. I like when the pictures are poor quality as they have a mood to them. I find reference at online auctions or social media taking by phone cameras. Phone cameras generate photographs using software creating ideal photos but generally flattening subjects. Sometimes the photos of a subject were photographed on a gray day. These are really useful qualities and I use them to depict how I felt. I choose things that I find and connect with, it can be a taco or a salamander…
I was focused on portraits in a series of drawings and paintings using sfumato. I was depicting famous people and Jeff Bridge's portrayal of the "Dude" became something that caught my interest. I painted this painting using thin layers allowing the under painting to show in various areas. I was able to use a wide range of color in the sweater and the brush work has a nice rhythm. The warm background, Jeff Bridges, and the sweater seem to take you somewhere familiar.
Then I record it in my way, how my eyes processed the experience and the signals traveled to the brain. Like a tradesman I work and my language is quiet so you will need to look deeper. Look closely at the painting so you can see why I laid those colors or brush strokes. Stand back and see the simple composition. I identify with these paintings as they reflect my interest in the subject, I see something I can talk about with my brushes.
Vintage buttons from online auction, I zoomed in and captured the little details each button has. I liked the diversity of the buttons; unique, connecting to each other filling the space as they lie on the surface. I painted this painting during lock down. I thought about people on a crowded train bumping into each other. The painting takes me to the 1970s, I remember the brown patterned furniture with plastic over it.
I work through the process painting layers and layers pushing the painting and drawing to find the separation of looking at the subject to only looking at the painting. This is when I am in the zone making decisions as I see, this is when my paintings belong to me.
“I enjoy the different challenges associated with anatomy. Even in doing realistic portraits my goal is to make a painting and not a copy.”
The process consists of working from life and references finding what one saw was important to record or share with others. When one work from photo reference they look for qualities to express. Online auctions are a great resource for vintage subjects that are repurposed into a new service.
“The goal of creating art for me is to let the artwork look like art in the end, do it just enough to leave room for the viewer to finish the image in their own thoughts.”