Another World Inside the Walls recalls a fantasy world to which I would dream of escaping through the wall of my bedroom when I was a child. I wanted to evoke both the landscape as well as the emotional dream-like quality. A large grasshopper in the second panel invites looking for images and their juxtaposition. Throughout I’ve included images of Alice and the Caterpillar, famous of his “Who are you?” question, a series of 19th century European houses, a farmer woman holding back a cow in Julien Dupre’s painting In The Pasture, as well various passages from books regarding childhood, emotional development, and the role of imagination.
The style here reflects my research at the time into the work of Joan Mitchell and Willem de Kooning. Despite the strength of the influences, this was one of first paintings where I truly and deeply felt involved and invested in the process.
48 in by 80 in, acrylic and mixed media on masonite, 2012.
I poured several layers of a fleshy-peach colored acrylic gesso until it was very thick with a bubbly mud sort of texture. I begin with an abstract line drawing using a deep blue oil paint, which was inspired be a recent viewing of The Kitchen by Picasso seen at the High Museum of Art. Color was brought in, lines were moved and shapes developed. On side note this is my first painting to use a true vermilion pigment, which took me a while to find at an affordable price.
12 in by 16 in, oil and acrylic on masonite, 2012.
This was the final project in Painting I at A-B Tech. I consider this my first decent painting where I felt like I had accomplished something worthwhile. It was also my first painting on masonite, which I really prefer over canvas. I like that it is firm and doesn’t bounce around when I paint on it. I started with a series of photos that I shot in downtown Asheville, during an afternoon rain. I chose one, cropped it, and then sketched out the image on the surface using a projector. Most of the actual painting was done with the painting flat on the floor, while I stood over it with a brush in one hand and a dinner plate of paints in the other. This painting now hangs at my grandmother’s.
24 in by 36 in, acrylic and molding paste on masonite, 2009.
1st place 2D in the 2010 A-B Tech Student Art Exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum