About Still Standing
As an artist, I am drawn to subjects that are not necessarily considered worthy of being noticed, things that were once useful but are now discarded or neglected. I want to call the viewer’s attention to the persistence of time and to acknowledge the significant purpose these things once had. Years of wear and neglect can erode beauty and strength, however these flaws tell a story and are what I find so intriguing. I enjoy painting textures and patinas while depicting the subject realistically in all of its imperfections.
I choose to work with paint and pencil because I am able to control and manipulate them in order to accurately depict the subject. I follow a traditional method of painting where I begin with a monochromatic under-painting in order to establish values then build up color in several layers. My goal is to focus on the subject and render it as accurately as possible and not let brush strokes distract from the image and thus the viewer’s experience. It’s a slow and deliberate process wherein I become intimately familiar with the subject.
I work as a decorative artist where I paint for clients and never considered myself a “fine artist.” I became aware of my need for self- expression while caring for my mother who was battling terminal cancer. I was sitting with my mother at her bedside one day and asked her how I should approach my own work. She said simply, “Just start painting. It will come together.” I came to realize that I needed to paint now and time is never a luxury.
My mother and my paternal grandmother encouraged me to always pursue art. While visiting my grandparents in rural Michigan as a child I remember staying up late with my grandmother, painting and drawing. Those visits helped develop an appreciation for hard work and the mid-western culture. The memories of those visits are what inspire my subject matter. “Still Standing” represents my artistic career bringing me back home to my roots and is dedicated to my mother who was a constant inspiration and tireless supporter of my creative spirit until the day she passed.