Around the Block
Oil and Cold Wax on Canvas
18" x 18" x 1.25"
This work belongs to a body of my work that is more freeform and involves a lot of layering of oil and wax, carving and scratching to expose lower layers, and mark-making onto dryer layers. I enjoy the moving around of paint and mediums until I discover something I find interesting.
I focus on creating pieces that evoke emotion and enhance the atmosphere of a space. Earth tones feel organic and peaceful; bright, warm colors cheer up a space; shades of neon are playful; a touch of metallic can feel rich. When I begin to paint, I often revisit images that I find intriguing. I may look over archives of abstracted photos of nature, architecture and objects, where I’ve captured an image in a unique way. Or I may browse a digital sketchbook where I’ve quickly rendered color and form combinations that are striking to me. My paintings emerge from these images and a constant exploration of paints, mediums, tools and applications that help me achieve the quality I’m searching for, in a fresh and hopefully compelling way.