oil and charcoal
24″ x 16″
“I am a figurative artist who likes to tell stories, finding inspiration in everyday life. Through my paintings, I seek to interpret the emotions and characters of the people who surround me. These emotive portraits are a snapshot of a moment in time, a thought on what it means to be present.
The expressionist execution in the faces I paint illustrates the truth: that change is constant, and nothing stays the same. I try to achieve this by experimenting with different materials such as paint, ink, carbon, chalk, graphite, watercolor paper, cardboard, wood, or packing supplies.”
“The expressiveness in your brush work is really exhilarating to look at. I love that we can see individual brushstrokes—many of which are so energetic and rigorous.
I’d reconsider your use of color. I think it’s totally fine that the painting is monochromatic, and the navy blue in the bottom left has a beautiful richness to it, but I do think that some of the white tones in the face make the face seem a little bit pasty.
The brown in the eyebrows and in the hair seems a little bit out of place. I would either paint over those areas so that you get rid of the brown, or I’d try to spread the brown into more areas so it feels more deeply embedded into the painting.
The neck and shoulders seem a little bit unfinished compared to the rest of the piece. I think they just need more paint—they need to feel more substantial. I would also rethink the composition: the portrait’s dead center, the person’s looking straight at us, it’s too predictable.
I’d try to avoid symmetry—get the face off center and do some thumbnail sketches to plan for that. Overall though I think the painting has a beautiful painterly quality. It’s a very bold piece that’s really captivating to the eye.”