Size: 14"W x 11"H x 0.01"D
Year Created: 2017
Initially I was struck by the gesture of the model, both the curve of her body with head tilting back and the gesture of her hands. As the painting progressed I abandoned the background context, downtown San Francisco through the windows, and began adding thick abstract marks made with my palette knife. I shifted the light towards the cool yellow green, which played off well against the warmer notes on her body. Her hair falling into the black fabric was accented by the vertical knife marks I made, and the first word that came to mind was "cascade."
This painting is oils on archival multimedia artboard, a resin encased paper. It is lightweight and durable. But be cautious about dropping it on its corners; because of the resin's rigidity, it can chip.
Truthfully, I find it hard to pin point exactly what I'm trying to say with my art, if anything at all. I'm drawn to people more than anything else, but what I'm drawn to varies from painting to painting. Sometimes it's the way light is hitting a particular scene. Other times it's the way a person looks. And the way each painting is created is different each time. Some works are laborious, meticulously crafted in the manner of the Old Masters like Velazquez, Vermeer, and Rembrandt. Some are painted vigorously with thick and luscious impasto marks made with palette knife and brushes, drawing inspiration from such modern artists such as Franz Kline and Rothko. What unifies everything is equal parts love of the human figure and a love for the seemingly infinite possibilities of the oil painting medium. I wish I had a "style," and I'm certain years from now after 1000s of paintings created I'll land on something. Until that time, I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me as I create for the love of creating, without sacrificing craftsmanship or technique, or losing myself to trends. Thank you for your support and patronage, and I hope my artwork speaks to you in the way it has spoken to me.