My primary goal in applying for an artist residency was to challenge myself. I needed a place where I would have the timeÂ andÂ physical space to focus solely on my painting without interruption. Being able to create in a supportive and community oriented environment also has its rewards and this residency involves me providing classes, workshops and volunteer time as part of itâ€™s requirements.
I had been painting in a variety of genres and was using old family photos asÂ subject matter reference in my paintings. However, I keenly felt a need to execute a more cohesive body of work for this upcoming exhibit. I chose the goal of producing one hundred 5â€ square portraits primarily due to the encouragement of friends who were moved by some of my very small portraits. Portraiture has the capacity to stir deep emotions, evoke memories and present us with a profound sense of mystery and narrative.
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