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For the last several years I have explored portraiture as my primary artistic concern. Although I paint from my imagination, the images I create are informed by what I have already seen. In my work, I investigate the role that culture and imagination play in how we look at people. Most of the time, our thinking ab… Read More
For the last several years I have explored portraiture as my primary artistic concern. Although I paint from my imagination, the images I create are informed by what I have already seen. In my work, I investigate the role that culture and imagination play in how we look at people. Most of the time, our thinking about each other is aligned with the conventions of our time and place, and our perceptions are formed by what our senses are able to tell us. Yet within these limitations, the possibility exists for a shift in awareness. We transcend what we have known before, and the world looks completely different. I engage this idea by observing the environment around me, then distilling the imagery through time and my own memory. What remains is an idea about a place. By forgoing the details of a real place at a specific time, the images become spare and dreamlike, hovering between what we consider real and certain romantic notions about portraiture. Read Less
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