Starting out as an 8-key watercolor painting, "Piano Men" evolved into full 88-key versions. Despite requests to reproduce this piece digitally, each work is handmade in acrylic on white canvas from scratch.
Layers of acrylic, molding paste and spray paint created a dimensional feel- a piece intended to be both filled with energy and passion. Shown here, framing the canvas in walnut finishes the painting and anchors the focal point even more.
This acrylic painting was literally a labor of love. Painted by "buffing" paint into the surface, I was able to achieve a blend of colors to eventually serve as contrast to the hit of white. I'm almost positive there's a better (and less sweat-intensive) way to do this- sore muscles were an unfortunate b-product.
One of my favorite things to paint - abstract botanicals, from watercolor and acrylic. My process includes never illustrating from photos or real life, but rather, take a mental image of nature and paint what I see in my head. The unexpected results ensure no piece is every remotely the same, and the hit of acrylic inks gives each painting energy and movement.
Shown here in a residence, this piece was commissioned for a retail boutique in San Francisco. Framed in polished wood, the Japanese-inspired acrylic abstract features several layers of acrylic to reveal each layer underneath.
Acrylic ink and watercolor, together again.
A younger sister to "White Space", molding paste at certain edges create a chaotic scene resolving in a spash of white.
Watercolor and acrylic often makes for unpredictable results. Utilizing extremely heavyweight watercolor stock, colors and layers were able to mix at certain points, while maintaining separation in others. This made for a "happy accident", as the border between paint substrates ebbed and flowed across its horizon. Shown here, framed and matted.
A study in two colors, this piece includes graphite, white and black acrylic, painted on a wood canvas. Wood has quickly become one of my favorite substrates to paint on because of its resiliency and ability to withstand abrasions, scrapes (intentionally of course) while maintaining shape.
Lots o' scraping acrylic on this wood canvas to get this 36" x 36" piece to final.
The beauty of Winter- a study in black watercolor, ink and a whole lotta white space. 24"w x 18"h.