Size: 8"W x 8"H x 1.625"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This piece began as a simple portrait of Marylin Monroe on a square, wooden, cradled panel. However, I wasn't happy with it. I set it aside for a while until one night when I discovered a documentary on TV about her life and death. She lived quite a fragmented, tragic, sedated existence. I wonder if anyone ever knew who she was. This documentary inspired me to rework this painting. I am very happy with the final results. The painting was executed using a wood burner, acrylic paint and marker.
My work is emotionally layered, messy, textured, and rhythmic in thought. Much like an improvised solo, scattered color often moves freely in and out of the structured chord progression, of an idea, and/or feeling. I enjoy using colorfully sewn characters in my paintings to make lighthearted statements of frustration, motivation, love, lust, and absurdity. However, there are moments in my work where the process, of emotional release, is more important than the idea. The meaning is then left for the viewer to ascertain. In any case, a layered improvised mess of scratchy lines and colorful noise invade each piece creating a sense of movement and musicality. I currently live and work in Minnesota and hold a Bachelors in Fine Art from the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul MN.