The integration of orphaned, vintage photographs, digital photography, abstract drawings and encaustic paint in my work occurs simultaneously as a dialogue develops among these elements. The mixed media approach to my work is both additive and subtractive; employing many subtle layers to form an amalgam of biographical texture. The facial expression and posture of the figure in the photographs influence my palette, the lines and marks that I make to create the narrative abstract drawings and paintings. As I work, these disparate elements transcend the physical attributes of the materials and become one brush for me to paint these portraits of strangers.
We All Belong Here
The genesis of this series is a compelling, vintage portrait of an Asian family in the midst of a cultural transition. Curiously, each member of the family revealed their cultural identity with the clothing they chose to wear for the portrait. The father wore a conservative, western business suit, the […]