Although I paint everyday, at this time in my life, I’m more ready than ever to completely focus on my work and evolution as an artist ...without interruption. I look forward to being outside of my comfort zone, my studio, my southern heritage, and my general daily life... painting above the Mason-Dixon Line. This is a wonderful opportunity to interact and share ideas with a group of international artists.
While at Vytacil, I’d hope to push the boundaries in my style of painting, which explores color and form using many layers of oil. I allow the paint to dry between applications, giving the works luminosity and – when I get it right -- a mysterious iridescence. I’m intrigued by colors that overlap but do not mix. There’s also a literal boundary in some of my paintings inspired by landscapes. In the ones I keep coming back to, trying to understand myself, you’re not sure where the water ends, say, and the sky begins--the boundaries are ethereal and unsettling. I’d like to push those qualities as far as they will go.
On a practical level, I’d begin early each day with a routine of sketching and drawing. After that, the best work finds me, I don’t find it.
Risks and challenges
The challenge is to make the most of the gift of uninterrupted time, studio space, and weekly critiques. I’m a self motivated painter and I understand the need for simultaneous creativity and discipline. I’m excited about working in a large studio where I can spread out, explore, and create a large body of work. I am open to all people and customs and welcome the interaction with other artists but more importantly welcome the weekly critiques from a variety of different art professionals.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I can, but this is a much different experience. There isn’t any interruption. At home I try to stay on a schedule that works with my family, and the world, a nine to five kind of scenario which is fine. But in a residency environment there are no pauses for meals, phone calls, laundry, errands or obligations...except when you choose. The creative process takes a lot of time to get started in the morning, and a lot of time to shut down and clean up too. The residency allows for a very natural creative flow, solitude and focus. It is also a wonderful opportunity to step away from typical habits and influences and see it all from a different perspective.
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