Size: 11"W x 15"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2018
Lichtenstein inspired colors (red, yellow, and blue) are used in this portrait of a working girl sitting at the edge of a red chaise lounge. Painting done on 90-lb cold pressed acid free paper that is easy to frame.
Several of my paintings are inspired by the Fauvist movement and Fauvism. I try to blend Fauvism techniques with a dash of pop art. One of my favorite artists is Martina Shapiro and my paintings also reflect inspiration of her works as well. I also love Carrie Evenson's "free-style" techniques and her approach to painting (bold, large strokes and lots of free movement). My educational background is in Psychology and Human Behavior, and my paintings reflect natural raw human emotions contrasted by the unnatural use of colors. Backgrounds are kept simple so as not to take focus away from the human subject. Lack of detail in the human face allows the observer to make it uniquely his or hers. I get the inspiration for my human subjects mainly from my patients and clients. I try to capture the stories of their lives--their stories of loss, loneliness, happiness, joy, and regret--are woven into the painting. . There is some slight blending in my works, but mainly I like to keep my brush strokes bold and raw with minimal blending whenever possible. In many of my works, I actively attempt to avoid blending color altogether to create a "pop-art" or "cartoon" effect. The visible defects and flaws in the paint strokes add natural movement and beauty to the painting, greatly reducing any chances of it being duplicated (the image may be duplicated, but the original brush strokes are hard to replicate!). Every human subject I paint tells his or her own story.