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PERSONALS

This series is titled “PERSONALS.” Each drawing conveys a thought that may be self-talk, or one side of an actual conversation. Figures are often drawn nude or partially clothed to emphasize the the feeling of intimacy.

These drawings expose parts of converations that provoke thought. I invite viewers to imagine how these pieces fit into a point in time in a specific person’s life, and to think about similar experiences in their own lives. I am interested in reflecting the mood and feeling of our era. (Continued at bottom of page.)

DECIDE

FIND ROMANCE

"COME UNTO ME"

LOOK AT ME

SUDDEN BUZZ

STOP BLAMING YOURSELF

AVALANCE

IT WAS EASIER AFTER DAD DIED

HOT / NOT HOT

SOMETHING BIG HAD HAPPENED

DON'T

BE A GOOD GIRL

GET EVEN

TALK TO ME

ESCAPE

BE HONEST

DON'T ASK

 

CRIME

TELL ME

I'M INNOCENT

 

These works are the result of drawing from life – an encounter with another human being – translated by hand with brush and ink. Depending on the model’s personality and mood, and the word message, marks are either refined and controlled or spontaneous and expressionistic. Poses and body types suggest social issues such as beliefs about ideal beauty, body image, age, sexuality, etc. These drawings suggest a voyeuristic society. One need only consider the popularity of “reality TV” as proof of this notion.


Communication can be a fragile thing. People share images of themselves, descriptions of experiences, and thoughts in many ways. In today’s interactive, digital world, people are constantly deciding what information to post or put into society -- what to reveal about themselves and what to keep to themselvess. People sometimes hope that no one can guess what they are thinking.