LIGHT ON COLOR
Engaging Still Life
"My approach to still life painting is to capture the abstraction of the image. This is the idea of painting color against color rather than painting from object to object. The painting then becomes organic in nature and therefore "more natural." My approach to still life painting is to foremost capture the abstraction of the image. Then the painting begins to flow in nature. Carving out one or two grapes for instance instead of painting each individual grape gives the viewer enough information that the eye doesn’t need any more detail. The eye fills in the blanks naturally.
I also use color as a thread throughout the painting. The colors that I use on each portion in the painting are used in every other particular part in the painting. And the texture is very important to me. I will use textures that you wouldn’t expect and go from thick impasto paint to allowing the raw canvas to show through giving it a unique balance and dimension.
My unique brushwork gives my work a signature style. Long brushstrokes moving in a set direction is broken up by dashes of lines and color. I try to avoid mixing one color into the next and strive to keep the colors pure and bold. Objects that point upward in the painting belong to the light, the midpoint explains the color and the bottom can fall into a mystery. I want my paintings to totally take on that painterly quality above all else.