Fine Art Gallery
Our legends and myths stem from our accomplishments and failures. Through news stories of adversity in real life mirroring Joseph Campbell's Heroes Journey; my work positions the viewers lens at the metamorphosis from the casual everyday life to beyond the threshold of the heroic deed. The style references Japanese ink wash, German woodcuts, and modern American comic illustrators such as Frank Miller. The details of the monochrome narrative are merged with the abstraction of the limited color palette. Most of my life, I have seen myself as a commercial artist. In the past few years; through becoming a teacher as well as a MFA graduate student at Norfolk State University, I hold a growing passion for the fine arts. From digital drawing to screen printmaking; my process has evolved greatly over the years.I still start with a simple paper and pencil to develop a concept into reality. I then digitize them by redrawing directly onto an iPad. Pulling from my commercial arts background, I vectorize the images giving a clean crisp edge to my line quality. From this point the image blossoms organically into a piece of fine art. Abstract colors and materials are used when needed and a multitude of different paints, silk screen techniques, plus a few gritty street art approaches are used until a final depiction prevails. All of my experiences have collected to give my artwork an original Pop Art/Constructivism style. With similar experimental touches as seen in Robert Rauschenberg's work, I know that my creations will be able to inspire future heroes. At the end of it all; teaching, creating my own art, or learning from other through passionate research, I always try to think about Pop Art Pittsburgh native, Andy Warhol's quote, "Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art."
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