6" x 12"
Oil on Dibond
5.5" x 6.25"
Oil on Maple Wood Block
Oil on Aluminum
This oval oil painting is on aluminum (Dibond). This painting is a good example of my use of multiple figures and faces to create a more complex composition. The meaning behind most of my work is not overt. The narrative depth is quiet, personal, and meant to be left to the viewer to define. The saturated (pinks, purple and green) colors combined with the overlapping poses are a device used to abstract the figure and bring conflict to the scene without loosing the structure of the human form. This piece like so many of my paintings is a delicate dance between photo realism and abstraction, peppered with psychological undertones. I hope this piece is both beautiful and haunting at the same time.
Medusa was my first attempt at composing a painting on an oval surface. This fantastically painted surrealistic piece contains my signature style of realism. The colors I used to describe the light and volume of the figure are vibrant and sharp. This haunting composition focuses in on the face surrounded by hands that pull, melt and protrude from her form. I composed the hands and fingers in such a way that they almost seem alive. Like the snakes in Medusa's hair.
The focal areas of this painting all land within a cross formation. The vertical axis traces her strong and steady pose. Her piercing gaze at the viewer is intended to reflect this as well. Her breasts, hands and hair occupy the horizontal axis meant to illustrate that the body is an illusion. Her figure literally opens up into another form that is lying underneath. Her faces too are also a part of that same illusion. One with a strong frontal gaze and another that looks away, slightly concealed.
This 12" x 12" oil painting on linen is in a sturdy custom made natural maple frame. The individual poses used in this piece were chosen to evoke a thoughtful and contemplative scene. All the faces in the painting appear to be turning away from each other. Almost "Slipping Away".