oil on canvas
8″ x 10″
“I am a conceptual painter working in the format of narrative representation. I graduated cum laude from Humboldt State University in 2011, and have since moved to Seattle, where I work in the television and film industry. My process is tied to my community of filmmakers and artists; I paint the people I work with.
In my work, I explore power and connection. I imagine an incorruptible power source which fuels and supports our connection to each other, the planet, and the universe. This is what illuminates my subjects. I paint hard-working hands. These are the hands of people who are consistently told that there is no valuable place for them in society. I strive to dispel this damaging message by honoring them and their work in so many careful and faithful layers of oil paint. My goal is to inspire people who see my work to acknowledge and get in touch with their own power.”
“I’m immediately struck by your really smart choice of color palette, that rich ochre tone in the background and then also the way that you play up the sort of pink and orange tones in the skin against the green and blue of the tattoos and the bandages.
That complementary color palette creates a real sense of warmth that I wouldn’t necessarily expect from the subject matter. And you’re so good at capturing that sort of faded look that old tattoos have that I almost wish you chose a different composition that would highlight that element a little bit more.
Ultimately it seems as though your goal is to do sort of a portrait of hands, which I think is a really compelling and interesting concept, but as it is, your tension does feel a little split between those lovely tattoos on the wrists, and the very well rendered bandages on the fingertips, which would benefit from a composition that place those knuckles more in the center of the composition. Either way, I’m really impressed by your great eye for character.”