24in x 30in oil on canvas framed in dark wood with linen trim detail.
This piece is about the personal cost of creativity.
When you love something, you are blind to all it’s imperfections and it’s difficult to know when to let go. I imagine, for a performer, creating a character is much like creating a painting. You build on something personal, and then destroy that privacy by presenting it to an audience. And you do this over and over and over. How much does an artist destroy in order to create? These thoughts came back again and again as I worked on this piece. Each time I felt satisfied, I would scratch across the canvas purposefully wrecking it to build it up again. Never knowing for sure if I could, because nothing is ever a sure thing, and becoming exhausted by it. Finally I left it somewhere in between, which is where I’ve been feeling lately. And it’s the first impression I had when I saw the still image used as a reference.
“Celluloid Hero” was awarded Best in Show in the Bower Center for the Arts exhibit, “Inspired by Hollywood”. Bedford, VA
You Only Live Now
Oil on canvas. 20in x 24in
Portrait inspired by a faded black and whitevintage 1930's photo. A beloved grandmother, this is inspired from an image of her youth and the granddaughter's recalled summation of her fiery spirit, "she was a p*sser."
Oil on canvas
20in x 16in
The Man. The Artist. The Beard. This is a portrait of artist, Robert Hacunda, in all the glory of an upstate New York winter.
Found In Translation
Oil on canvas
20in x 24in
Professionally framed in textured black wood
The reference photo was seemingly a quick snapshot. It was taken by his close friend and she thought nothing about it past its' utilitarian need. But I think that friendship and their kinship,came through in this moment. She saw him. And in her quick docu-photo for a press pass, I saw him too.The late photographer, Robert Miller.
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