the Rocky Soil of Grieving

  I did this work back at the start of October. This is some of my first work with a palette knife, because I needed a raw tool to scrape and give it the raw feeling that I wanted for the work. The title “it has marked me” reflects both my personal experience in Ukraine…

Before and After: Working Out Trauma in Art

This Summer I went to Ukraine to partner with Hope for Orphans, serving alongside Ukrainian believers who put on a summer camp program for orphans there. Before I went, I learned a lot about Ukrainian culture, including watching the documentary: Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom about the Euromaidan Revolution that took place there…

Emotion Portraits

I finally saw Pixar’s movie, Inside Out. I really enjoyed it and even before I watched it I had already painted the first portrait in this series because she’s the one who runs my console. One of the things I don’t do when I pick out photographs (see my previous post for more about this), is…

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…

Breaking

started this mixed media 6 months ago, maybe even a little before that. Although I liked the images, it just wasn’t right.

After Makoto

I saw two paintings by Makoto Fujimura in person. The first was The Gospel of Luke: Prodigal God. I could not find any pictures of this work online. The second one was this: After experiencing Fujimura’s work in person, which I was able to enter into spatially in my mind, I didn’t want to talk or go…

Non Representationals

I painted the first one of these under the guidance and instruction of artist Andrea Foley. She challenged us to mix colors, play with shapes and brush strokes, and to rotate the canvas constantly while painting. Not defending any part of our work, not canonizing it, but painting over it to discover what was good,…