Finding Jean: example above
Everyone loves a mystery. Inspiration and creativity can be hiding renegades if you are not finding ways to interact with them. Inspiration struck me the first time I saw the box of photographs left in my art room by an anonymous donor. I have spent the last 4 years letting this gift take me on a painting journey. Jean has has allowed me to travel world with her through my paint brush.
Studio Hours & Events
-Determination painting juried into NAEA Gallery in Washington D.C. Will represent art educators from around the nation. Show Dates: Current- January 4th, 2019. If you are in the area go take a look.
-Displaced and Unappologetic juried into the Maryhill Museum of Art in Washington. Will be on display now through November 25th in their Beyond the Demos exhibit.
-Working on Collaborative Portraiture Project.
- Working with International Peace Pole Project to install a Peace Garden at Forest Grove Community School.
-Graduated! Academy of Art University, DONE!!!!!!
- Working on jurying "Finding Jean" into Museums, will update as I get responses!
- UPCOMING: September 15th & 16th- Forest Grove Chalk Art Festival
I had an idea. What if I could have the people I paint play a interactive role in their portrait? In both of these paintings I had the model create their background out of cold wax and oil. Then using the artwork they created I paint their portrait on top. You can see their abstract paintings through the thin layers of oil glaze I use to create my work. The model and I both play a role in the artwork. I learn so much about my model by the colors they choose and the forms they create. This makes the portrait I create feel like it was extension of both of us. This is a new idea, It is in the testing phase. It is a nice departure from the realistic oil painting I have been creating for so long. Fun, light and so personal, I love it!