Depression Models (2019-pr.)


Put a slightly thinned layer of paint down. While it’s still wet, use dry cotton rags to remove it. Use as many rags as it takes, until they come away only barely smudged. Attempt to freehand a perfect circle with a pencil. After a few days, when the surface has completely dried, repeat the process with a new color. The circle will then be mostly rubbed off, but there will be a visible ghost to guide the next attempt, which should come out a little better. Continue to repeat these processes until the shape and chroma achieve harmony.

After moving to a new town and studio, among other life changes, in April 2019, I was having a very difficult time continuing to work in the mode, or trajectory that I had been on previously. In an attempt to reclaim a productive daily practice, beginning this series helped to keep my hands busy and my mind focused, without the tension of producing an emotive subject. I’ve continued to work in this method because I find the process enjoyable for its rote simplicity, textural/chromatic beauty, and the challenge of getting that circle correctly round. -September 2019

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Seasons

20 x 16” oil, graphite/ polyester mounted on canvas 2019

King of Sports

24 x 20” oil, graphite/ polyester mounted on canvas 2019

Lady, I Done Washed

18 x 14” oil, graphite/ polyester mounted on canvas 2019