# 78, Gwen in Plaid , 2000-01
oil on canvas, 3-1/2' x 3-1/2'
#83, #81, #77,
#79, #76, #82,
I've been painting for about two years now. Reflecting back on that time, what I respond to and what direction I'm heading leads towards what I appreciate. That is the people in my life. People that I have interacted with are great subjects to paint. I suppose I see certain qualities in these people and I want to portray that to the viewer. Hopefully they will relate who I paint to someone in their lives that they appreciate - as a true realist would like. I usually take candid pictures and let models pose themselves, almost guaranteeing their natural mannerisms and personality to come out. I consider myself very process oriented in the physical application of the paint and also with the people I choose to paint. The people I find most appealing to paint I've known for quite some time so I'm able to paint with much ease. Painter Alice Neel says, "I love to paint people who are torn to pieces by the pressures of the city" in contrast to what Cezanne says, "I like to paint people who have grown old naturally in the country". I like both extremes. I express my emotions through color, and the way I apply it. Color is also the way I portray my feelings about the people I paint. The single realization that there is an ample amount of art in my environment for me to enjoy, is what motivates and helps me achieve creativity.
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