I create figurative oil paintings and pastel drawings which synthesize contemporary and classical techniques. They contain an undulation between realism and abstraction that obscures the subject and negates the figure vs. ground dichotomy. My work grows from themes such as obfuscation, disintegration and the grotesque.
In these oil paintings and mixed media works I am utilizing the idea of obfuscation to transform the figure into a partial, fluctuating subject. I avoid narrative and setting so that the whole image is flesh and the paint itself is the body. These paintings are at once both figurative and abstract, flat and full of depth. I merge the forms of the subject with the plasticity of the painted surface so that the images are constantly shifting, denying a window-like viewing of the painting, and marrying together classical figuration with process-based abstraction.
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