Artwork > Figure Paintings and Portraits

This is one of the paintings from the under water series. Here I chose to paint my niece, Courtney, loosely wrapped in a flowing gauzy fabric with only the oval of her face above the water. I painted her figure in thick, choppy, horizontal strokes to accentuate the feeling of the choking matter that surrounds the figure. I’m interested in how this process carries with it the inherent sensation of the actual building of form, piece-by-piece and layer-by-layer. This is, I’m sure, informed by the collages that I create of the same image constructed of layers of tiny cut photographs. I’m attempting to realize the complex psychology of the image as a tangible part of the space outside my mind – always an exciting and frightening task.

courtney surfacing oil on canvas
Courtney Surfacing
oil on canvas
48"x36"
2010