Private Message

This series focuses on the disconnect between our digital, and real world lives. Since more and more of our time is spent interacting online, and our photographs are no longer constrained to a single copy, our images are increasingly subject to misuse by anonymous strangers. This is especially true for young women, who often find their most private digital moments taking on a life of their own.

To create these paintings, I asked volunteers to photograph themselves, to create a sexy image that felt like it was only intended for a significant other to see. Once I receive the image, I crop it so that their face is hidden; so their identity is lost, and the sexual nature of the photograph takes center stage. Next the image file source code is corrupted. For me, the resulting image glitch signifies the end of the useful life of this image. The point where an image that has been shared would no longer be forwarded along again. This version of the image is used as reference for the first panel of the painting.

Once I have started working on this panel, the model is asked to visit the studio to sit for a more traditional portrait, exposing her face and allowing her to reclaim ownership of the image of her body.



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Private Message #7

Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Private Message #6

Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Private Message #4

Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Private Message #3

Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Private Message #2

Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Private Message #1

Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Christine

On the surface these are simple images of beautiful young women living the American Dream. My hope is that the viewer will look past the subjects lives of apparent leisure and see that there is more to the story. Compositions are mostly borrowed from old masters depictions of dead Christ, lush green lawns are over-run with dandelions, insects are taking over, and the models are often caged in vast expanses of lonely emptiness.

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Christine #3

72″x36″ – oil on board

Suburban Dream?

60″x48″ – oil on panel

Christine Sunbathing #1

32”x80” – oil on board

Christine Sunbathing #2

72”x32” – oil on board

Relationship Studies

For these paintings, my focus is on the people around me: how they interrelate, how they portray themselves, and often times, how they make me feel. For this reason, I choose everyday people from my life as models, although the rolls they play are not necessarily their own. Equal attention is given to long relationships and fleeting glances; actual experiences are treated the same as invented encounters. The images are my memories – real or imagined – of these subjects and their relationships.

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And I Realize, Most of My Wounds Are Self Inflicted

Oil on Board – 36″x58″

Relationship Study #1

2 panels; each 48″x36″ – oil on canvas

Relationship Study #2

44”x58” – oil on board

Relationship Study #3

72″x48″ oil on canvas

Relationship Study #4

2 panels; each 66″x36″

Things You’ve Given (Mitch Heard Colaboration)

72″x48″ – oil on canvas

An Understanding of Ones Worth,

Oil and wax on board – 48″x72″

Portraits

Pixelated experiments in portrait painting.

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Untitled

84″x60″ – oil on canvas

Portrait of Matthew Cherry

But, How did I get to.. Now?

Oil on canvas – 48?x48?

Margaux With Morning Hair

oil on board, 48″x48″

Study of Kellen’s Freckles

48”x48” – oil on board

Bored Nude

48”x48” – Oil on Board

Transformations

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Cover Up

48”x48” – oil on board

Amanda’s Lips

oil on board, 48″x48″

Mirrors Eye View

48”x48” – oil on board

Transformation #3

Transformation #2

Transformation #1

Mascara

Prints, Studies, and One Offs

Pieces that don't fit into any other category.

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Degrading Outcomes

Three panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Portrait From Web Screen Print

9″x11″ – 4 color screen print on paper

Private Message Study #2

Two Panels, each 100cm X 75cm – Oil on birch panel

Portrait From Web Study

Private Message Study #1

Two Panels, 32″x32″ & 32″x42″ – oil on board

Be Right Down

Oil paint into Screen Print

A Moment Like Any Other

Hello, I Noticed…

oil on board, 24×24

Sad Stephanie

Oil on board, 24″x24″