Processed nature

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‘Cat’s Cradle,’ Acrylic on canvas, 36″x 28″

This painting was created for an exhibition with the theme “Processed.” Hands represent the act of molding one’s surroundings. When things are processed, they undergo a series of transformations guided by human intent. I thought that it would be interesting, both conceptually and aesthetically, to portray this within a sunset. Naturally-occurring phenomena like sunsets are incomprehensible and beyond human control. A sense of incongruity is meant to be conveyed by the contrast between hands, which represent the human-made, and a sunset, which represents the organic. In this way, I wanted to explore the idea of a naturalistic scene being constructed, manipulated, and ultimately, “processed.”



A study in still life

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‘Study of Radishes and an Onion,’ Oil on Canvas, 15″x15″

This painting was started in 2012, stowed away for years, then completed in 2016. Based on David Stevenson’s Painting Progression, it was my first experience using oil paint. As such, I looked for a reference that depicted different stages of the painting process. My lack of familiarity with oil paint made me impatient and easily frustrated, resulting in a muddy first painting. After becoming more comfortable with oil paint, I returned to the painting to touch it up, years after the initial completion.