Keepsakes, 2023, 40 by 44", Oil on Canvas
Though these paintings may be representations of my personal or familial belongings, they do not aim to be a story of self, but rather the abundance of a part contributing to a whole. Collections include magazine clippings, mundane objects, clothing, furniture, deer skulls, antlers, hunting paraphernalia, boxes, and patterned fabric. These objects are then arranged to engage the rectangle, followed by careful decisions throughout the painting process which may include digital or physical experimentation. Viewers experiencing these paintings may be met with an abstract force that is followed by the revealing of objects through the process of looking. Doubt begins to fade on a journey of recognition and understanding.