Thoughts

Waruta 1: Connections & Inspiration

March 17, 2016 5:17 pm Leave your thoughts

While working on my two pieces “Wading Pool” and “Maruta (Waiting Pool)”, I’ve always seen them as being connected and essentially parts of a diptych even though they’re constructed as separately framed pieces. I view them as psychological landscapes – Wading Pool specifically encapsulating the idea of birth, egocentrism, intoxication, cyclical movement and naiveté, and Maruta representing the opposite end of the spectrum: sobriety, knowledge, disenchantment, linear movement, death. Both pieces have taken on multiple forms and Maruta is the third of three separate attempts, the earliest of the two previous paintings going as far back as Jan. 2013 (both... View Full Article

Bicoastal

February 11, 2016 6:21 pm Leave your thoughts

Bicoastal is a series of small collage inspired pieces using source photography taken from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the U.S. The series began developing after a recent trip to the West Coast – the first time I’d traveled such a great distance across the country as an adult. It was also the first time I was conscious of such a drastic shift in my surroundings and the resulting change in my general mood and perception within just a few hours, quickly transitioning from dreary, freezing Boston to bright and arid Phoenix. I’ve always had a fascination with this... View Full Article

Brooklyn Misremembered_1

October 26, 2015 2:51 am Leave your thoughts

This is the first of a series of six upcoming small pieces titled “Brooklyn Misremembered”. The pieces are inspired by photos taken at a friend’s apartment in Flatbush. They are meditations on small areas that have sparked an interest in me and an attempt to capture my impressions of a typically stark and aged Brooklyn apartment interior, transformed by the slight decorative touches of the inhabitant. My hope is to express both the sheer pleasure of seeing and also to slightly warp what I see as one inevitably warps an experience when they store it to memory. Nostalgia has always... View Full Article

Projected Income

March 29, 2015 7:18 pm Leave your thoughts

With Projected Income, I wanted to explore the relationship between the subjective and the objective, and the title I settled on seemed to perfectly encapsulate the meaning behind the painting (the actual meaning of the term is irrelevant). I saw the mirror as representing the subjective nature of human perception, the landscape symbolizing our environment or the objective thing that we perceive, and the endless reflections of one mirror off another as representing the way in which we try to understand others by subconsciously projecting ourselves onto them. I think that we are constantly projecting onto other people in various... View Full Article

In Cars

June 19, 2013 10:38 am Leave your thoughts

Seeing as how I decided to intentionally give this self portrait (the first in a long, long time) the blunt and enigmatic title “In Cars”, I also intend to mainly focus this write up on why I gave it this title. It was selected from a few other, far more obscure titles that I played with and I think it is a good halfway point between “SELF PORTRAIT NO.1” and, well, something really cringeworthy and pretentious. The title refers to a line in the Gary Numan song “Cars”, which is based on an experience he had of being attacked in... View Full Article

Liz Redux

May 9, 2013 1:01 am Leave your thoughts

When I began thinking about the painting pictured above, over a year had passed since the completion of my first Liz portrait done around Christmas 2011. That had also been my first portrait since the days of Montserrat – probably about 7 years ago, and I was a bit nervous about it. Aside from being unsure of my ability to capture likeness and bring to life what was in my head, I wasn’t quite sure how I wanted to approach it. For a good part of 05/06 I had focused on trying to imbue every piece that I made with... View Full Article

Rosie Redux

December 23, 2012 12:41 pm Leave your thoughts

Following the completion of the last Rosie painting, I debated whether or not I should start on another Rosie or move on to a different subject. I had taken roughly 70-80 photos of her in the Fall that I’d sifted through more than a few times and eventually narrowed down to 3 paintings – each one representing a very different side of the same girl yet working well together as a triptych. After embarking on the exhaustive journey that was the 1st one, I considered changing my plan and moving on to someone else or to another concept piece. After... View Full Article

Myopic

November 20, 2012 10:55 am Leave your thoughts

This is a piece that I’ve been working on intermittently for about 5 months, starting sometime in early June. It is an amalgamation, or maybe more a final stage of the evolution, of a few cast away paintings dating way back to late 2010. I would say it has very loose ties to the original, the major ones being that there was also a pool in that one and the concept is similar, and like most of my conceptual paintings it has absorbed different meanings as I’ve gone along depending on what I find myself currently thinking about the most.... View Full Article

Rosie (timelapse)

November 8, 2012 12:23 pm Leave your thoughts

During this first stage of the painting, I try to fight my instinct to simply dive in and start throwing the paint around. With still life and landscape paintings I tend to be a little more brash and careless in the beginning (which I think amounts to a more impulsive and less contrived looking piece), but for some conceptual pieces and portraits especially, I try to slow down and be a bit more tactful. I’ve attempted portraits without any kind of preliminary sketches in the past and I have always found myself struggling after realizing that the facial proportions are... View Full Article

Tess

July 21, 2012 12:15 pm Leave your thoughts

I’ve become more and more interested in portraiture as of late, and Liz’s friend Tess was kind enough to provide me with a subject for my second portrait in years. I saw this picture of her and it immediately recalled a favorite Gustave Klimt painting of mine called “Judith and Holofernes”, based on the story of a beautiful Israeli widow who seduces and beheads an Assyrian general, saving her native city of Bethulia from being destroyed by the Assyrian army. The heavy lidded eyes, large ornate silver earrings and the generally intoxicating feeling I got from this photo of Tess... View Full Article