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It all begins with an idea, a feeling or a moment that I want to explore into several paintings. I make notes, sketch, create mood boards, gather images. Then I start to pull out what grabs my attention and is asking to be examined further. With that, I develop an outline of the images I need, call models and set a date to bring the ideas to life.
Together my models and I bring the concept to life.
I devise the wardrobe and they jump, leap, dive and spin for me while I shoot stills or video.
Using the reference photos as a guide, I paint images on several layers of acrylic panels. The oil paints dry relatively slowly and give me time create different effects. I move the panels back and forth throughout the painting process to get a better understanding of how the layers work together and develop with each painting session.
Depending on whether the painting hangs on the wall, from the ceiling or is free-standing, I add hardware to pull it all together in one easy-to-display piece.
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