Thoughts from the Studio

Inspiration 104: Visual Culture

Inspiration 104: Visual Culture

Originally Published: Aug 6, 2017 It was during my time in my graduate courses that I began to hear about the concept of visual culture. Historically in the art world there is often an elitist stigma of what constitutes something to be labeled as art: essentially traditionalist views of what art is. Hierarchal categories such as fine art, craft or kitsch are frequently mentioned. However, some of the most notable artists were the ones who abandoned the status-quo, were rejected from the formal salons, or transitioned from commercial design to a studio practice. Take the Impressionists for example, at first...

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Inspiration 103: Surrealists

Inspiration 103: Surrealists

This third installment of art inspiration is brought to you by the Surrealists.
If you look up the word surreal in the dictionary or thesaurus you will find associations like: beyond real, strange, bizarre, fantasy, nonsense and dreamlike.

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Inspiration 102: Pop!

Inspiration 102: Pop!

Originally Published: May 7, 2017 Pop Art has long been one of my most favorite styles in the history of art. Dense, saturated colors, bold lines, and simple iconic compositions are common in this art style. Pop art came about as a rejection of the Abstract Expressionist movement that was the "it" art style after WWII. With significant cultural shifts taking place as the 1950s moved in to the 1960s, Pop Art made its debut in the United States and Great Britain. While Abstract Expressionism focused on an expression of the inner-self in sweeping, gestural strokes and drops of paint...

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Inspiration 101: "What Are They?"

Inspiration 101: "What Are They?"

One of the most frequent questions I am asked about my work is: "What are they"? I have been approached with a wide array of interpretations regarding my on-going portrait series: lively TV sets, aristocratic fruit, other-worldly beings, unique veggies, the list goes on and on. For those of you who have read my artist statement, you may know that I don't like to give them such specific labels. And for good reason- I love to hear your creative interpretations! But alas, since it is quite often a question, let me take this opportunity to shed some light in to how this series came to be. So, let's take a step back....

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