Portraiture

YEARS PAINTED
1999-2011
MEDIUMS USED
ACRYLIC, OIL, WATERCOLOR, PEN & INK, PASTEL, GRAPHITE
FEATURED ARTISTIC ELEMENTS
FAMILIES, COUPLES, INDIVIDUALS, PETS, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, REALISM, ABSTRACT, COLLAGE

Portraiture has always been intimidating to me, especially when it’s for a commission (which happens to be why I do very few portrait commissions anymore!). The reason for my frustration is that there is always a difference in expectations between me and the person for whom I’m painting.

As methodical and detail-oriented as I am in my life, I have come to understand that my natural approach to creating art is loose and flexible. Early on in my art career I decided that I would not create photo realistic work. Cameras do that just fine! Instead, I search for ways in which to allow a person’s personality manifest through the medium.

“I have come to understand that my natural approach to creating art is loose and flexible.”

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Music by Father Jim is one example of how the act of creation is experiential. I had wanted to paint Father Jim’s portrait for some time, but our schedules were always in conflict. Eventually we were able to get together long enough for me to take a handful of pictures of him. But when I got home and uploaded them on to my computer, I realized that nearly all were drastically flawed (indoor/low lighting is my photographic nemesis). So for months the pictures just sat on my computer until one day, while cleaning out my studio, I found a copy of a musical composition that Father Jim had given me. Instantly I knew how I was going to paint his portrait, and within minutes Music by Father Jim had manifested.

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