I've studied and pursued photography as my primary medium for a little over 10 years now, but prior to that I had explored art through a variety of media since childhood. When my job (photography teacher) transitioned to working remotely from home last year because of the pandemic, I became so burned out by sitting in front of a screen for 8 hours a day that I felt little motivation to work on my digital photographs.
I can't just not make art, so I found myself dusting off some of the more traditional, hands-on art disciplines that I had allowed to atrophy while focusing on photography. I've quite enjoyed returning to drawing and painting again, despite my frustration of having lost much of the skill I used to have. Logos is the first fruit of my return to traditional media, my first painting in nearly 15 years.
Although I'm not abandoning photography, I do expect I'll continue to explore painting in the future alongside photography. I hope you'll enjoy seeing how the two influence each other in my work.
This painting was a meditation on the Greek concept of Logos, as used in the introduction of the gospel of John. It began as a doodle in my sketchbook and then was refined over a period of about two weeks as I contemplated adding, removing, and revising different elements to work both visually and conceptually. I really enjoyed the slower process of working with oil paint; it gives me both periods of work and periods of reflection as the piece comes to life.
[ Detail images below, click to enlarge ]
If you're interested in a deeper look behind the symbolism represented by these abstract forms, the video below will take you through a deconstruction of each element.
Fair warning: it does rely heavily on religious themes. As mentioned above, it was created as a meditation on the foundations of my family's spiritual tradition. I'm no proselytizer, so this is not meant to be an apologetic to convince you into my faith or belief.
While I'm happy to share my inspiration for the piece, I fully support just enjoying the piece for its abstract design. I don't think art has to mean something to be enjoyed.
However you experience it, thanks for following along and I hope you enjoy the work!
As always, thank you for looking with me!
Option 1: Unsigned, 17" tall on lustre paper - $35
Option 2: Signed and numbered (not limited), 20" tall on premium textured matte - $50
All proceeds go to the "Love Peoria" community project in my hometown, Peoria, Arizona