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Painting: Oil on Wood.
As a painter, I am enamored with the urban landscape. I work in thematic series and the paintings that I present here are part of my Figurative Sculptures series. I paint in oil and reference all my work from photographs that I myself have taken. My style is a painterly derivative of photorealism, championed by Richard Estes and Tom Blackwell, and is bathed in the meditative shadows of Edward Hopper and the surreal lighting of Alfred Hitchcock.
Despite Washington, DC’s colossal federal monuments that draw visitors from all over the world, I regard the city as my home. I want to present her small-town side in my work. While walking around city parks, I gravitate toward the lesser-known and more human-scale monuments. I think about the meaning of “patriotism” and what it means to me as an American with immigrant roots. In the heat of today’s political climate, I feel that the individual’s long-held rights and principles, that up till now have been for granted, are dangerously threatened.
I attain solace in the beauty of classical Greek and Roman style figures tucked in lesser-traveled monuments of the city. The light and shadow that fall on the graceful and finely sculpted stone inform the chiaroscuro in my paintings. Here I attempt to endow the cold stone figures with great sensitivity and seeming human qualities. The closely cropped compositions engage the viewer intimately as if crossing the boundary of privacy.
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