Below: Early Explorations: 1995 - 2003
Color Fades - Lines Don't.
Line and Color can be used to communicate a likeness. On this page is a sample of a series of portraits done over a span of several years.
The stylization process depends on the character of the subject and influences were often discussed
during the process. Although not a formal painter of portraits, work on the figure extends to
capturing individuals, some who may be close to the artist.
Various styles based on the pronounced use of line can be
applied - while other pictures experiment with the figure in this urban contemporary manner and
some of these are familiar faces, the people in the pictures are not always recognizable as real.
Vice versa, real people will come into a painting where they want to - sometimes the attempt is
more deliberate than at other times. In the end it is the simple contour line that
communicates the image to the viewer.
If painting is a language
there are often symbols added to the canvas to tell a more complete story or show several
points of view at once. This can be accomplished visually by the juxtaposition of various
elements on the same picture plane.
Establishing the Countour Line is what gives RECOGNITION to the image.
Contour, like a fingerprint, is an individual signature or gesture.
Above is a vector line portrait of a friend and his two year old daughter during a visit to Miami.
Below: Two Portraits from New York City
"margot and teenie", oil on canvas, 100cmX70cm, 2k
Y2K in NYC
Below: Qingdao Girl Anna Wu portrait for Advertising Poster 2012 Ink on Paper