When I first started painting on canvas, nearly two years ago, I couldn’t stop. I would paint on up to 10 canvas’ a week over the course of a summer. I had so many ideas and in my mind they all deserved their own spotlight; canvas. As time progressed, I still felt like I had ideas for new pieces, but wanted to try painting them on something other than canvas. I started working on paper more frequently. Using tools like Prismacolor Markers, charcoal, pen and ink, pastel, spray paint, collage, and other mediums, I started putting those ideas down on paper. It was liberating. I painted over 100 original pieces on paper in 2018 alone. As I painted on paper, I started painting less on canvas. I only had a few shows booked, and there was no rush.
Some of those ideas that I created on paper, turned into larger pieces. Whether it be just one section that I wanted to highlight, or an entire piece that I felt deserved to be seen on a larger scale. I felt like the smaller pieces I created were practice. I wanted to try out all my ideas. every color combination, every texture, every shape. This was my schooling. Repetition. Hundreds of fails. Moments of pure magic. During that time, I fell in love with creating art again.
The past few years have been really exciting. If you have followed my work since the beginning, it’s clear to see the phases of discovery that I went through while teaching myself to paint.
The color choices, borders, ideas, knife techniques…they have all morphed over the years as I kept practicing and learning more about what I wanted to communicate as an artist. These images are some pieces that I have sold and look back on fondly: