|"brett" graphite on paper 18"x24" (2011)|
but back to that contemporary art training. while my art professors admired my dedication to learning technical skills, they also pushed me to go past that and create more complex pieces of art. at the suggestion of a painting professor, i started combining realistic works with other pieces, and reworking them as a whole. and thus, my mixed media art works were born. you can read more about my contemporary art beginning here.
|"portrait of a fairytale" mixed media on canvas 48"x72" (1997)|
as i'm sure you can tell, there is a huge difference between my latest portrait and my art school painting. what happened in the middle? life happened. i started teaching, got married and had kids. my portrait business came about sort of by accident while i was teaching, and then quickly evolved into the kid art stuff as my kids were born (you can get that whole story here.) and while i was technically making art, i was moving farther and farther from the artist i was after art school.
then the strangest thing happened. one of the pastor's at my church asked me to paint a portrait of christ to go along with a sermon series. you can see that whole story here.
|"king" acrylic on canvas 12"x24" (2009)|
in short, i really enjoyed the graphic nature of the painting, and it got me thinking about starting my own work again. what if i could some how combine graphic portraits or figurative works with the technical precision i love with mixed media or collage elements? in a way, go back to my roots. it couldn't hurt to try, right? so i started with this self portrait.
|"surfacing" acrylic and paper on canvas 16"x20" (2011)|
the title is "surfacing" because to me it symbolizes just that...me coming out of a long period of either no art or art for other people and reemerging into my own. i can tell you my vision is not all there yet, but it sure feels good to be on the hunt for it again.
to be working.
to be breathing.
to have surfaced.