It just occurred to me yesterday that I have been pursuing art as a career for exactly 10 years now. That realization led me on a journey through paintings past. Making art is such an evolutionary process. Experiment, implement, discard, repeat. I’ve tried so many different approaches over the years and some of them have stuck with me and some I have abandoned along the way. Each and every painting I have created has been an integral component of my artistic journey. Here’s a look back at some of my work and how it has evolved over time.
When I started out, I painted mostly flowers and I experimented heavily with collage. Newspapers, tissue paper, magazines, textured papers… you name the paper and I was putting it into my art.
I continued to paint flowers but I got more graphic with my composition. In this series, I used vintage magazine ads and combined them with crumpled tissue paper to create texture.
Shortly after the last series of flowers, I got inspired to paint faces. This was my very first painting of a face ever. I was hooked. I loved the combination of the text in the collage and the organic human form. This is a combination that I have continued to implement over time.
My love of newspaper will never cease. I have quite a collection of international newspapers. Anytime I travel (or anyone I know travels) internationally, they bring me newspapers. I have them in every language. In this series I began to dive a little bit more into expression and emotion.
A blonde! I experimented with Venetian plaster for this next series creating texture on the canvas. I utilized vintage books in the collage and implemented a very clean, graphic approach to my faces.
After the clean prettiness of the previous series, I was in the mood to get a little funky. I switched to a very monochromatic palette with a splash of red. These faces were more expressive and the features were exaggerated. This might be one of my favorite paintings of all time. It hangs over my bed.
Here I switched back to a richer, more colorful palette. I used tissue paper again for texture and focused again on emotion and expression.
At this point, I got a little looser with my brush strokes. I kept the rich palette and the collage but began painting figures as well.
Back to a monochromatic palette and continuing with the figures. At this point, I started using only poetry in my collage and printing it out on newsprint.
Color, color, color. Eventually I always come back to rich color. And this time I used a riot of color. I continued to use poetry in the background but started writing it on the canvas by hand instead of utilizing collage.
Which brings us to my latest series of paintings. I’m calling this series “Awakenings” because I feel that I am becoming very aware and awake to my creative impulses. I am still using color and really building those flowers up with texture, yet keeping the faces more serene and monochromatic. I am now writing poetry to use in the background and the overall effect is really inspiring me at the moment.
The beauty of art is that it is always changing. If we as artists stopped pushing ourselves and reinventing our art, there would be no inspiration whatsoever. It’s what keeps us ticking. And that’s what I love about it. The possibilities are beautiful and boundless and expressing myself through my art is truly what I am on this planet to do. I’ve got 10 years behind me and hopefully 50 more ahead.