Size: 24"W x 24"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This work is part of the series "The Colors of KJ", but stands alone in its strength. The work is intentionally not labeled a particular emotion or color, as I have no way of knowing exactly how the subject felt when her likeness was captured, and I do not wish to control the viewers experience of the piece by suggesting what attributes we should give the color or the expression. Everyone sees and feels things a little bit differently.
The subject of “The Colors of KJ” is a woman who inspires me with the vibrancy and strength of her character, which I have attempted to capture from moments throughout the years I have known her. The multiple pieces portraying the subject show varying states of the subject’s mood. We are all people that have many faces, and I hope that the viewer will be able to connect their own emotional experiences with those shown by my work.
I have always been fascinated by drawing features of the human face and how it communicates beauty, character, and emotion of the person featured in the art. I use a mixture of charcoal and acrylic paint to play with elements of a painting as well as a drawing. I enjoy the aesthetic created when the raw material being used (charcoal, or paint, for instance) is still visible and can be enjoyed alone, but can also be read as part of the face in the artwork. I attempt to use this looser style to accentuate the feeling that is emoted from my subject.
Thank you for visiting my portfolio! I am a resident and native of Raleigh, North Carolina. I attended the North Carolina State University and graduated with a degree in Art and Design and Minor in Spanish in 2009. After graduation I lived in Spain for a year where I taught English in a secondary school. After returning to Raleigh I have focused my energy into creating art. Currently I have a studio near the downtown location where I live and create my art.