faces

2012-2015

This collection of works is an on-going study in free-style painting within the frame of portraiture. My approach to painting here is time-sensitive and emotional,  It is also a collaboration because the subject is present. I want to act as directly from perception as possible and to perch that passing moment with another person, onto a medium-small format surface. I look to get closer to paint via color and velocity in my brushstroke by laying down material and by working wet on wet during the sittings.  I usually start out with a luminous fluorescent acrylic underpainting. I sway away from planning and avoid preparatory drawing (which can be controlling). 

Paintings are like a rehearsal where mistakes are encouraged, or like temper-tantrums where a simple, yet strident color combination is welcome. It is a space for newness, a flavorful tension of aim and chance and paint.