B.A. Art History
Drawing is a means of storytelling. As a writer and a visual artist, I have always searched for ways to combine creative media in order to convey a story. I tend to allow a dominating emotion take precedence in each of my pieces in order to connect with my audience without having to use words. In my pieces, I examine the versatility of portraiture through different media, such as watercolor paint, charcoal, and pencil. Each individual medium carries with it its own emotional resonance and implications. Despite this, my work is open for the viewer to assign his or her own associations and meanings based on personal experience. The emotional connectivity I hope for exists in this relationship.
I have always been interested in capturing something of the life and personality of the sitter in my portraits. There is a spark in a person that must be captured in order for the materials, media, and composition to come together. Generally, my process involves examining a certain emotion, assigning it to the sitter, and doing my best to deconstruct that emotion by use of color, contrast, and other elements of design. In this way, I insert myself into the piece in combination with the subject. There is a strong relationship between artist and sitter in this capacity, which I find inspiring. The use of watercolor against a black-and-white portrait brings an interesting additional layer of emotion based on color association and the fluidity of the paint. As a writer, I often find myself searching for ways to use words to generate a visual experience. As an artist, I use paint and pencil to communicate that which, sometimes, words simply cannot express.