So you found my work + you like it - but if you had to sum it up, what’s my style?
Please tell me you said “naked ladies”, haha!
When push comes to shove, I tend to say that my work is "figurative". The only problem is, the word is a bit vague.
See, the human form is endlessly fascinating to explore in any medium + style (look at the work of my personal art heroes Egon Schiele, Soey Milk, or Jackee Sandelands) which means “figurative”, for better or worse, is a HUGE umbrella.
For at least the past year, my work has been extremely personal moments represented by figures in + out of realistic environments (exorcising demons sort of requires reality to be a loose concept).
With that body of work complete though, I have to wonder if stylistically everything could change…
An enticing option is photorealism. With a twist.
The imagery that excites me in particular is highly contrasted, deeply saturated + just plain grunge-y.
A photorealistic painting is a challenge. Something you have to use every skill you have to accomplish. It’s instantly recognizable + all the better if the subject has a secret that pulls you in.
But here's the hook: once the composition is really dialed in, I'm going to douse it in resin + marble it with singed debris from wood [+ maybe some other stuff too, why not?].
Here's a quick snippet of my first attempt at this new process using a chopstick:
Want to know a little experiment I have in mind for one more touch?
After everything is glossy + gorgeous, I'm going to give it a light sanding so the final image appears blurred.
This last step I haven't experimented with just yet, but I have a bunch of compositions slated as tests so stay tuned on these brand new pieces!
So that’s the direction I want to head in with this new body of work.
Powerful work that isn’t just pretty; it’s an invitation, a reminder, to take on challenges with confidence + embrace the truest version of yourself because you’re here to experience life to the fullest.
Just like you, this art is rebellious on purpose.
*also read as "rebel"