This has been a fantastic year, and certainly one of the most incredible times of my life. From graduating Summa Cum Laude in Industrial Design at SCAD, Walking in my first and second fashion show, marrying the love of my life, backpacking Europe for six weeks, best manning for my older brothers wedding, Moving to Chicago and starting a career as a full time artist I could not possibly ask for a better life.
To end the year strong I have finished two small bodies of work for the Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC and Michael Mitchell Gallery, Charleston, SC. I'm very pleased with how they have turned out and look forward to developing these bodies of work throughout 2016.
The first group of paintings, heading to Shain, are very much about the dialogue between my subjects and one another. These whimsically grouped silhouettes speak to each other, question each other and even bother each other in a competition for affection. I've really enjoyed building their dramatic interactions.
The second group of paintings, on the freight truck right now to Charleston, are a continuation of my larger animal portraits from throughout the year. These works connect more directly to the viewer, gazing directly at you from the canvas. Unlike my silhouettes, who are focused on each other, the large animal portraits demand your attention. I have also decided to leave a visible raw canvas by taping of sections of the painting while I work.