“Art is a form of supremely delicate awareness…It is the image that lives in the consciousness, alive with a vision, but unknown.” D.H. Lawrence
I use the figure to explore human emotions and transitional states. To me expressive color and distortion of the figure best represent the fluid state of human growth and emotion and the need to mask what’s going on under the surface. While I frequently draw from life, many of the figures I’m currently working on are based on my collection of vintage photos, “Asylum” images from the 19th century. The paintings most representative of anguish, suspicion or pain are based on that collection.
Focusing on the eyes, which reveal common stresses and turmoil, I draw the face or faces of tortured souls. While the eyes mirror pain most human beings create a “mask” to hide true feelings or emotional states experienced through times of stress and the transitions that take place in body and soul. I try to represent what that mask may be hiding through distortion and abstraction. This, of course, is my own interpretation of the meaning behind the pained, despondent or apathic looks reflected in their eyes. I create my own narrative for each image in an attempt to attach some type of reality to that spirit, my way of conveying meaning rather than realistic reproduction. This is "my expressionism".
I work in oils, acrylics, pen and ink, and liquid graphite using a variety of substrates.
Please see some of my newer work on display now on the "Masks" gallery page. I'm experimenting with metal leafing to "reflect" the shadow of the viewer because we all wear masks.