After a series of drawings focusing on the eyes and their facial expressions, I distort the image as my way of representing the essence of each individual. In the "Warped" gallery, the renderings were done using a variety of scratching tools. In the "Asylum" gallery, all paintings are oil on canvas. Portions of the surface were manipulated and 'scratched' before the paint dried. The "Mask" gallery features an expansion on my original concept of representing the frailties and vulnerabilities in the human story. My "New Work" shows encroachment of the background, use of mixed media, scratching or the use of a brushstroke to symbolize the need for the masks that "protect" us.
I read somewhere that disfigured representations of the human form are often interpreted as an artists individual expression of frustration, anger or fear. I draw from an ongoing narrative in my head based on old family photos and stories. And while I admit that I do distort the figure, sometimes beyond recognition, the intent is not centered in fear or anger, but a need to express what I see in their eyes and facial expressions. I find a great deal of peace in the narrative and the form it takes on a clay-coated surface or canvas using oils, inks, liquid graphite and acrylics. But the truth is, "they" make me laugh.
For those of you interested in landscapes or animal portraits please visit my other galleries on the site. Enjoy!