original pastel paintings
I enjoy exploring the form and texture of both shiny new and aging objects, often coming in for a close up view. As these man made items age and wear they become more interesting with increased textures and colors, while still revealing something of their past. These old everyday functional objects often reveal the dedication to craft and beauty of their makers not often seen in today’s mass production. My work starts with a photograph. I always have a camera on hand to capture unexpected objects and compositions. I crop the image on the computer to discover the most interesting and dramatic arrangement and look for sculptural forms to highlight. I exaggerate the lighting and contrast to bring depth to the objects and a theatrical sense often at odds with their common nature.