Our shared artistic lineage isn’t immediately obvious, I imagine..but to us, we’re perfectly aligned. This is the first time I’ve collaborated on a painting, and to be honest I was a little nervous.
My first one-woman exhibition in years is about to open (officially, it's up now) on Thursday, and I'm excited and nervous at the same time. I'm so exhausted from working on the collection that I feel like I've given birth.
"..begin with an emotive response. It could be motivated by something as simple as a twist of hair against a bony clavicle or the comfortable or uncomfortable psychological space between two people... Drawing from life is an accumulation of subtle events made evident on a page. Unlike photography, drawing is not instantaneous but a multitude of sequential responses over time. A drawing can provide the viewer with a relic of compounded experiences that remains alive to the eye."
- Drawing: A Natural Impulse by Steven Assael
"Absorb your community and let it absorb you, dive deep in the waters of those who share your spark and passion. Let them hold you up as you, in turn, hold them up. No one with a message so powerful that it compels them to follow a career path as precarious as this can possibly exist without a village. Find yours and hold tight."
...When I’m researching my subjects, studying their faces for hours upon hours to capture them in oil paint, I feel a connection to them beyond appearances. It’s as if I start to feel them in my mind and body as the brush moves over the canvas. I dream about them. I once woke up in the night calling Malala’s name.