When planning new paintings, I often build them around three main things. First and foremost is the figure. That is the first thing my eye goes to and I want to explore how they can make us feel just by using that figure in different situations. Second is found objects. By exploring thrift stores, I run across small, forgotten objects that inspire me to plan and paint “what if?” situations. My third type of inspiration is found in word play and clichés. We have heard them throughout our lives, either from family, friends, TV, etc. We’ve heard them so often that they’re almost meaningless but translated visually, they become a different story.
Each painting starts the story by using those figures, found objects, and the incorporation of clichés into the titles. I lead the viewer to use their own personal experiences to explain, question, or finish the drama. And each story leads to another…