This series of work shows my exploration and transition from tangible to abstract forms and images. Beginning with images of faces, the pieces develop into more abstractly neutral subject matter. This shift shows my growing interest in color and shape and the medium itself, without the assumed necessity for recognizable subjects. These works fill my need for color and texture; the need for something to “hang the paint on” is slowly becoming a distant concept.
Different mediums are combined as well as varying brushwork and style. Watercolor, ink, color pencil, acrylic, and oil are explored in ways that make the image more of a study than a formalistic piece.
I have been plagued with questions posed by others and myself, which have developed my work to the point that it currently resides. How many lines are needed for this to still look like a face? How much unrealistic color can be used and have this still look believable? How little of color can be used before the face becomes a ghostly image? How many different moods can I create by adjusting my style or medium? Are the lines, strokes, and colors enough for this to be complete? Do I need a recognizable subject matter for this to be finished? And the most important question that resonates with me as I work, why does it matter? – and it probably doesn’t, but I just think paint is rad.