As a kid, I drew the faces I saw around me, and started painting with oils at age 12. Now, as a local dog walker photographing the faces of those who surround me during the day, I find myself zooming and cropping, finding that the expressions they offer are begging to be put on canvas. Sometimes funny, sometimes enigmatic, sometimes simply anthropomorphic, they have brought me back to the task of trying to convey that expression. In the process, I find that something unique to each comes through, and it’s the magic of that slow, unraveling revelation that has me transfixed in this endeavor of painting faces. There is no other motive, really. No hidden meanings, no socio-political agendas, no bold statements. Just dogs being dogs and people being people. Sometimes, we’re not so different.
If a following develops, here, great; but, I created this site more to hold me accountable to myself; to the application, to the process, of creating paintings. I work excruciatingly slowly, I’m easily distracted, and I am an incorrigible procrastinator. In a world of diversions and distractions constantly summoning, this helps me to stay focused. Here, I aim to chronicle the progression of each piece to allow the viewer, the reader, the dog owner, the client to become a voyeur to the process, thereby keeping myself accountable. If you’d like to peek in on it, welcome. The door is open.
Thanks for stopping by.
27 Nov 2011