“Monkeys” 36×48″ oil and charcoal on canvas
The paintings are observations and constructions of the human condition. I use paint and charcoal to make visible my emotional reactions to a subject. Many of the earlier works have a particular shade of yellow that I used to recall the ‘yellowing’ of old newspapers. My intent was to engage the viewer through a sense of longing for the past, but at the same time question the function and reliability of our memories.
As my work evolved I began to become fascinated by how complex we are as people but are only here for such a brief time. I began to render the figures in black and white to illustrate the fragile and transitory nature of our existence. In some of the paintings I would place some sort of passage, a brush stroke of the color red to signify the life force and in some cases a sense of hope.