My painting “We Hunt the Doe” has been selected from 2,774 entries from across the United States for the semifinalist round of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, 2022.
"We Hunt the Doe" will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer for the final round of judging in September. Here is more information about the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.
"We Hunt the Doe" is from my series, "I Believe in Ghosts," which explores the lasting psychological impact of sexual trauma.
Work in process rose and lemon details with palettes from a new piece from my "I Believe in Ghosts" series.
"Title TBD," oil on linen, 34 x 28 inches (86 x 71 cm).
I couldn't agree more with the folks at Marin Living that commissioning a one-of-kind portrait is the way to spoil oneself and our furry friends! I take great pleasure collaborating on animal portraits with collectors to reflect the special bond shared with their furry family members. You can learn more about commissioning an animal portrait on my Commission FAQ page. Thank you to Casey Gillespie and Marin Living for featuring my painting of the marvelous Mr. Freddie in the 2021 March Sip & Savor print issue. View digital copy here.
Love Freddie? You can shop Freddie prints here.
Here I've compiled detail photos of the head in "We Hunt the Doe" in order to show a glimpse into my process. The images progress from the development of the black and white "dead layer" through various color glazes to get to the final result.
Throughout my series, I Believe in Ghosts, I reference vanitas — 17th century Dutch still lifes — to draw on the tradition of sharing a moral lesson. Vanitas paintings present an array of objects as symbols to remind us of the transience and vanity of human existence and earthly possessions and pleasures. My modern interpretation of vanitas puts the female figure directly in the composition, exploring transience of innocence, value, and agency relating to female identity. I use symbolism and allusion to convey the tension between objectifying the female body and recognizing the rich interiority of the female subject.
Objects have histories, yet are unable to speak them — what does it really mean to treat women as objects?
Today I wanted to share my painting Bald Eagle which I made to be representative of women taking stronger and more prominent roles in politics -- Notice the feather quills on her blouse -- She's rewriting history! I'm with Kamala Harris and wish her and Joe Biden every success.
Ourself Behind Ourself, Concealed, from my I Believe in Ghosts series, is exhibiting for the first time in a group exhibition at Verum Ultimum Gallery in Portland, Oregon. From the organizer: "Chasing Ghosts V is a collection of art that pierces the veil through remembrance, legacy, and beyond."
Experience the works in person or online here.
Chasing Ghosts V from October 25 - November 28, 2020
Verum Ultimum Art Gallery
3014 NE Ainsworth Ave,
Portland, OR 97211
I created this space to showcase my past work, chronicle my current projects, and share my inspiration.