Everyone wants to attain happiness. It seems we spend our whole life chasing it. I think of Happiness as a bird who I am constantly chasing around. Sometimes I catch her, only to find that she is quick to make her escape from me.
Happiness is fleeting, always flying; but we will never give up.
I have a poetic sensibility and artists mind.
I think in color and line and poetry.
I was born as an oil painter into my world as an artist. As I have grown artistically I have come to discover the magnificent world of watercolor. Whether through graphite drawings, oil, or watercolor paintings, I try to capture raw human emotion in my artwork by portraying a specific feeling held in a single moment. I am mostly self taught and thus paint in a way that is probably not the most effective, but has always eventually given me my desired result.
In graphite drawings I play with the light to create the mood of the work. Often, I throw in splashes of color to add emphasis to the feeling of the piece.
With oil painting, I layer the paints and often mix the colors right on the canvas -- blending color to create form, light, and movement.
My most recent work is in watercolor. I start my process by roughly drawing an outline of my subject onto the paper. Then, using a needle and black thread, I hand stitch black lines throughout the work. I find the juxtaposition of the sharp black lines of thread and the soft, smooth colors of the paint to be a stunning and effective combination. The thread creates an element in my paintings that I do not think is commonly found in watercolor works. It is a process of precision and detail with a stunning result. It is a subtle perfection. I leave hidden details in my work -- eyelashes stitched in place -- individual strands of hair -- folds in a shirt -- seams on pants -- my carefully camouflaged initials -- all the these complexities come together with the color to create a subtly stunning piece of artwork.
I am inspired by people. Their inner demons or the ones that come at them from the big old world surrounding them. Through paintings and poetry, I attempt to understand the world and everything in it. Some things cannot merely be expressed in a word, and simple streaks of color cannot necessarily make sense of a soul.
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