Developing my Style

I’ve been obsessed with old photographs for as long as I can remember. As soon as I saw them at one of our old haunts in Half Moon Bay, a suitcase in an antiques shop full to the brim with “Instant Relatives” I was hooked.

I used them in a zine, and more recently in my painting. All of these photographs are of strangers, but I don’t buy them indiscriminately.  I will go through boxes, baskets, and bowls of photographs only taking a handful.

I pick out each one because I fall in love with them. And in many of my pieces I’ve invited people from different photographs who seem to suit each other into the same space-the world of the canvas.

I don’t know what my look as a painter is, as I am still largely experimenting with color, composition, and even brush strokes. But just as I think my chaotic swirls and vivid colors reoccur for a reason so I suspect these people, my people are here to stay.

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Three recent works
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Snow Day, 2015 Acrylic & Photograph

I think it is worth noting that these lovely people (above) are Buck, Myrtle, and Shirley.

None of these next folks had names on the back of their photos, but I had fun placing them where I did so that as an additional feature, this painting can be rotated daily for fun.

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Surprise, 2015 Acrylic & Photographs
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Surprise, 2015 second angle
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Surpris,e 2015 third angle

The name of the piece comes from this beauty, who is the only one in the photograph (taken in a graveyard) to turn around and catch the photographer in the act in just the right moment.

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Surprise, 2015, detail 1

These amorous love birds were in the middle of a group, not that it mattered to them any. They didn’t pay me any mind when I plucked them out either.

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Surprise, 2015, detail 2

And this guy, well he’s just that classic guy, on vacation, standing on a bridge somewhere (Seattle or Italy), pleased as punch to be trying out his new technology-the camera which he is pressing the button for to snap himself in time.

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Surprise, 2013 detail 3

I reused an old canvas that already had nails from an earlier incarnation, and so I threaded some geometric shapes into this one. The way that I tied them formed an organic, more dynamic connection between these two who are from completely different photographs, and yet are very alike. My fellow artist and friend J-Todd came up with an old fashioned dating narrative for them when he looked at the piece, and thus I titled it as I did.

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Long Distance Relationship, 2015 Mixed Media
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Long Distance Relationship, 2015 detail 1
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Long Distance Relationship, 2015 detail 2
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