"Falling Apart, Coming Together : Portraits"
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"Falling Apart / Coming Together: Portraits"

" In this group of works I wanted to break free of my constraints as a painter. I found myself
locked into the role of ‘reclusive artist’ - walled-up in his studio world. I also felt a need to break
from my established way of thinking and working, which I felt was holding me back from being
able to truly explore essential questions such as , “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”

What was required was a complete break from my previous mode of painting. I found that when I
my color knowledge, how I applied paint, etc I was able to arrive at a more honest relationship
with myself and the person being represented, and the painting ‘came alive’.

At the same time, as is my on-going interest - I found myself creating ‘arrays’ with the portraits.
There’s a certain vibrancy and wonder in placing them together in grids. The established
dialogue creates room for questions and emotions. “Who do you see when I look at you?” “Who
do I see when you look at me?”

So, my interest in portraiture is about capturing a 'higher frequency' of vibration - both from my
subject and my own internal response to that subject.. The subject may be a memory, fantasy,
off the TV, Internet - or sitting in front of me in the studio.

What's most important is that I feel a certain spark, an interest, that captures my inner attention -
pulls it out of my head and down into my heart and emotions. It's not as much about capturing a
likeness, as it is about capturing something 'essential'. I want to see what the paint has to say,
rather than say what I want with the paint. In this way, something vital and alive can be created."
Each portrait is 20"X16", oil on canvas.
"Tamika"                          "Portrait of J."                         "Sylvia"                             "Dexter"                             "Jody"
"Destiny"                         "Stephanie"                       "Thomas 1"                       "Thomas 2"                    "The Artist"                 
"Lucille"                            "Ashley"                               "Jody 2"                            "Charity"                             "Nick"
"Fio"                                 "Vale                                "Katia"                             "The Clairvoyant"                        "Janet"
"Monkey Man"                   "Red Head"                           "Martin"                       "Temperance"                            "Liz""