SOLD to a Collector in Woodland Hills , California
So, I love painting figures. I started this series at the beginning of the year and was told by several people that figures don't sell. Mine do! FIGURE 1 is more graphic and once described it as cubist. The work in the FIGURE Series has evolved to be more about movement and faces within a gestural technique.
But, as always, my work is always about the color.
Everyone at VANGO, a site that sells my work, chose their favorite artist. McKenzie Huebner picked me. The task was to paint a quick portrait. While it was fun, it was harrowing as I have never painted to depict or flatter a specific person. It was an honoe to paint the lovely young woman in my gestural Expressionistic style. Shwew!
Cheers! Here's to working outside the comfort zone.
To see my favorite painting in the STORIES Series, click here.
I started this series because I asked for criticism from a gallery owner here in Pittsburgh. She told me I need to dig deeper. I said, " I am not that deep." She said, " You are a woman in the world...surely you have something to say."
Well, I decided that my work is not to comment on social or cultural reality. So, this series allows the viewer to add their own story, based on their personal reference. That is something that I feel comfortable providing. STORIES/04 was my first pensive portrait. Since it sold, maybe I will do another.
Any art you purchase is an investment designed to enhance your surroundings and last for many years
to come. I believe I offer a valuable product and the price reflects the quality of my work in both building the substrate and creating in my unique style. Therefore, most of my pieces, including all of my commissioned pieces, are painted on natural
Belgian linen. It is hand-stretched. over high quality, heavy-duty hardwood stretcher bars, which
will not warp. The final work is always coated with an archival varnish for protection. I believe that a
high-quality surface which is hand-stretched by the artist is a bonus for the collector. I use linen, especially for my large paintings
because of its strength and durability. It holds up to the heavy paint of my
palette knife work. While it is more expensive, the linen surface has a more
natural finish than cotton. It is also a surface that will last a longer length
of time because of its own natural oils that keep it flexible. The threads that
make up linen, known as the warp and weft threads, weigh the same, which means
they are less prone to expansion or contraction due to moisture. Additionally,
you may agree that the color of the natural woven edge of Belgian linen is attractive and it does not necessarily need a frame.
This is created in oil with the gestural addition of oil pencil. In my same Expressionist style of arbitrary decision-making, it is striking both in color and and looseness. for sale at kimmcaninchfineart.com