Paint and Process takes an intimate look at my studio practice and life as an artist. I intuitively created each of these works during the same two-month period. Paint and Process is a quiet invitation into private space.
Simply put, the portraits on the north wall are exposed. Look closely to see how the boards have been nailed, glued, sanded, and primed. The layers of ink and gesso are transparent, and I have made no effort to hide my initial under paintings. Observe how tentative brushstrokes are visible beneath final more confident marks. The subject is intimate and vulnerable. I have painted myself nude and painstakingly shared private emotional moments with the viewer rather publicly.
The portrait on the east wall is painted in the same exposed manner. While the vulnerability of the subject is not as evident, spend time searching his face and subtle expressions of fear, sadness, and hope will come to the surface.
Continuing the theme of exposed process, the west wall gives the viewer a rare glimpse into an artist’s painting practice. The wall is covered with preliminary sketches taken from my studio and exhibited here along side my final works.
Lastly, the poetry found throughout the show is perhaps the most obvious expression of my vulnerability. In a voice that is honest and uninhibited, I’ve used simple imagery to reflect upon personal moments of fear, pain, love, isolation, and joy.