“Humans Scare Me” acrylic paint on wood panel 40 x 40 inches, 2023
“elephant” acrylic paint on wood panel 40 x 40 inches, 2023
“The Wrongdoers” paint pens, acrylic paint, spray paint and oil pastels on wood panel 30 x 30 inches, 2023
A Shift is Coming…(Painting Trilogy)
After finishing paintings for the South Carolina Arts Commission, Emerging Artist Grant, in June of 2023, I knew I needed to reboot my painting process and overall aesthetic of the paintings I was creating. This is not to say I was unhappy with the work I did for the grant and a few small paintings that followed, but I felt compelled to move in a different, more familiar direction.
In September of 2023, I started making daily drawings and studying the paintings of Basquiat, a painter I am obsessed with. Through a two month process of creating small drawings and collages, while referencing Basquiat, I made a breakthrough with my paintings. What occurred is three paintings that represent a shift in my direction as a painter. These three paintings are pictured above and are part of the trilogy called “A Shift is Coming…”.
I am excited for what will happen next, and love the energy that these three paintings have instilled in me. Part abstract, part icon, part cartoon, these paintings are just the start of new direction I hope to see continue for me. These paintings represent my early childhood love of cartoons, with my previous experience as a abstract painter. Enjoy!