I am a painter, but this year I tried colored pencils for the first time since I was a kid, and discovered that they are not the horrible, dry, useless things I remember from childhood, but actually great to work with. I have been drawing in colored pencil for the past several months.
I let the drawings develop as responses to images, events, news, whatever strikes me, and try to execute them while the impression is still fresh. If the impression seems like it will make an interesting image, I don't worry about how random it is (that's how I ended up with an Irish vampire--it was St. Patrick's Day, and someone mentioned vampires). I've always been interested in the past, in art history, which is apparent in my work (my favorite painters have and likely always will be Ingres and Bronzino) and I think past+present can often be an interesting combination, especially when it develops intuitively. I am happy when I allow particularly compelling images or themes to find their way into the drawings, and look back later and think, "Oh yeah, that Japanese ball-jointed doll with the huge eyes was a Medici, wasn't she?".
Through this process, a tribe of large-eyed, candy-colored people and animals has been born. The more drawings I do, the more I learn about them--so far their world seems either mythological or bewitched, because of the weird animals and living statues. But they are also into fashion, and at least one of them is a portrait painter fascinated by aristocracy. It is pretty funny, to me at least.
My next drawing is going to be a cameo with a black eye. I can't wait to start it.
Artist Bio / CV
MFA, Painting, Stanford University
BFA, Painting, BA, English, University of Dayton
Selected grants, awards, fellowships and shows:
Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant
Gill Award in Painting, Ucross Foundation
MacMillan Fellowship, Villa Montalvo
Artist Residency Program at Centrum
Dorland Mountain Arts Colony
Blue Mountain Center
Butler Institute of American Art
New American Talent (traveling exhibition)
LaGrange National Biennial
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