New In The Studio: "Breaking Surface" Collection, featuring abstract swimmers

New In The Studio: "Breaking Surface" Collection, featuring abstract swimmers

For my latest body of work, I've taken my inspirations from living coastal here on Folly Beach. Developing the figure in a feminine, yet powerful structure has been my focus over the last several months. I had been playing with the idea in my head that I could create a body of work that was less nude, and was symbolic of the beautiful beach days I cherish. I had been sketching and reaching out to other artist friends, "hey, do you think this idea works? What do you think needs to happen in order for this to come across as someone almost swimming, or emerging, from water?" 

After months of hesitance, I decided to take my thoughts to canvas. My greatest struggle when creating is moving past the fear of the work not being perceived as "mine". Will this new series translate well, and still be recognized as my particular style? It's an interesting fear to have, because once you start painting-- you can never really be confused for another. Your style will always be prevalent, because in reality, that is who you are as an artist. Though my backgrounds in this series are more colorful, the bold contrast of a black and white figure still retains my style of implied line and force. Once I had the first two 'swimmers' complete, I began to wonder why I ever hesitated in the first place. This series felt natural, and the flow came easily in the studio. 

 

in progress....

 
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The background colors weren't chosen until the figure and her pose were completed...

 
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Just as my other figurative works, I create the female form in a non sexualized manner; hoping to provoke a sense of power, femininity, and playfulness. Though there are no water reflections, waves or even transparency in these pieces, the goal is to challenge the viewer to create their own story. Many of these figures seem to be in the middle of motion; fixing their hair, moving from a seated to standing position, and even walking. My hope is that this narrative suggests the emergence from water; a lighthearted scene inspired by sun-soaked, coastal days. 

 

 

To see more of the final pieces, or to make one your own; please click the link below! 

Minimalist Commission Paired with a Home Renovation

Minimalist Commission Paired with a Home Renovation

Completing #The100DayProject As An Artist

Completing #The100DayProject As An Artist