PORTRAITS AND WHAT THEY DO
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Canvas Paintings are with a Gallery Wrap Edge.


Many paintings fit in multiple categories.
Mother Earth • Portraits • PeoplePortraits SoldMusicians


SELF PORTRAIT

24" wide x 72"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$4000.00

"I think a person is so much more than just what they look like."

STRING BAND

72" wide x 36"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$4200.00
Carolina's Got Art! juried exhibit, artists of North & South Carolina; Hhistoric Atherton Mill; Charlotte, NC 2009
Currently exhibiting at Piedmont International Airport
NC Personalities - Portraits
June through November - 2017
Base of the central escalator near the rental car area
1000 Ted Johnson Pkwy, Greensboro, NC


MISSIONARIES TO THE CONGO

34" wide x 68"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$4500.00

CARVER AND
CRAFTSMAN

24" wide x 72"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$4000.00 

STUDENT

24" wide x 68"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$4000.00

MIGRANT FAMILY

24" wide x 68"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$4000.00

AMERICAN
INDIAN
POTTER

24" wide x 72"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$4000.00 
Currently exhibiting at Piedmont International Airport
NC Personalities - Portraits
June through November - 2017
Base of the central escalator near the rental car area
1000 Ted Johnson Pkwy, Greensboro, NC

TOTEM POLE MAKER
24" wide x 72"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$4000.00

TRADITIONAL POTTER

36" x 36"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$3000.00

MUSIC MAKER

30" x 30"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$2000.00

VIOLINIST

30" x 30"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$2000.00

MUSICIAN

24" wide x 72"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$4000.00
Juried Show; AAWS; Crossroads; Winston-Salem, NC 2009

LAP SWIMMER

24" wide x 72"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
$4000.00
Currently exhibiting at Piedmont International Airport
NC Personalities - Portraits
June through November - 2017
Base of the central escalator near the rental car area
1000 Ted Johnson Pkwy, Greensboro, NC
 

RESTAURANT
MANAGER

24" wide x 72"
Acrylic paint and graphite.
Currently exhibiting at Piedmont International Airport
NC Personalities - Portraits
June through November - 2017
Base of the central escalator near the rental car area
1000 Ted Johnson Pkwy, Greensboro, NC

ARTIST'S STATEMENT
DIVERSE PORTRAITS

Story telling is closely analogous to my work. Each painting is actually a connected series of images that tell the story of a person's life…more about who they are than how they look.

I am choosing my subjects based on their story. I want to produce a quantity of diverse portraits which will show people in all walks of life, all ages, all social, ethnic and economic backgrounds. The drawing of the person predominates each portrait with the overlapping and interlocking images of their “life” surrounding them much like a frame.

The medium is water-proof, color-fast durable acrylic paint on cotton duct canvas.

My style employs a technique of my own creation which allows the un-painted warm canvas to show through the surrounding painted areas to form a unique image. A pencil/graphite drawing depicts the individual and is drawn over the raw canvas. Stark white Gesso is then painted up to the edges of the figure. The contrast between the white and raw canvas serves to differentiate between the background and the portrait. Vibrant color areas are then contrasted with stark white negative spaces.

The color areas of my work have been described as a transparent, painted montage. Painted transparent scenes overlay each other to form a kaleidoscope of colors. These color areas depict the interests or life of the person in the portrait. These images can seem a bit surreal when many images overlap each other, but the meaning and depth of the painting deepens the longer one studies the piece. I am using the raw canvas to depict both the skin tone and the clothing of the individual. In some cases I am staining the canvas to indicate different skin tone.

I use different textures, such as matte varnish for the clothing and background areas, and gloss varnish for the skin.

The originality of the work, creating multiple images that take viewers months, or even years to totally explore visually – is my goal. I want people to look beyond the obvious to celebrate these lives.

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