In the Spring of 2012, I was finishing up Painting IV at Brevard College and I wanted to do a piece that somehow honored the landscape of south-eastern Ohio, where I had grown up. I found inspiration in the paintings of Yangyang Pan, particularly her abstract landscapes from 2010. I really appreciate her open compositions and the rhythmic application of paint. For a further challenge, I decided to work with a triadic color scheme of secondary colors, that is: purple, orange, and green.
In Painting I, we had a project inspired by analytic cubism. While we did research on Picasso, Braque, and Léger. In addition to those, I took a particular look at Juan Gris and his color palette. With the mixes of paint, I also threw in handfuls of mulch and sand to create texture. The texture created by the mulch is nice and I would like to work with these sorts of additives again.
24 in by 36 in acrylic, mulch and sand on canvas, 2010.
An early project in Painting I at Brevard College. We collected fallen leaves around campus, looking for those with color and texture that appealed to us. These were arranged and glued to a surface and then that still life collage was then reproduced in paint.