Tag: paint

Experimenting with Methods of Removal

Over the next several months I’m going to be making a lot more of these “cell” paintings that you may have been seeing and one thing I’ve been really interested in is methods of removal. Physically removing or covering these cellular shapes comments on both mortality and the nature of medical studies. I initially got the idea from artist Ross Bleckner, who has been a big influence on my work over the past year. He would paint flowers and then scrape them away to illustrate their short life span.


Early last week I completed my first official experiment using watercolor on Yupo paper. I began with a grid (of course) and wrote down a brief description of how I planned to remove or otherwise obscure the painted circle. I then painted the circles and proceeded from there.



Below are detail photos of some of my favorite results:

Removal Chart

Thanks for reading and looking. Please share if you like what you see! xoxo




August/September/October Inspiration

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1. Surgical Wall Project | Joshua Klein, Roy Schneider, and Tonya Floyd-Bradstock


2. Lynda Boss Illustrations


3. Andreina Davila | [I AM] Series

4. Art Experiments in Space


5. Scarred for Life | Ted Meyer

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6. El Deafo by Cece Bell


7. One Lump or Two? Things That Suck About Being Diabetic by Haidee Soule Merritt




yes II (process 1)

I’m working large again! Last summer I created a large mixed media painting in Chicago and it was kind of a turning point for me so I wanted to try out a similar process. This time around I’m playing with different images/symbols/icons and I’m trying to remain open to text. Here are some photos from the process:

yes II (process 2)

yes II (process 3)

yes II (process 7)

yes II (process 4)

yes II (process 5)

yes II (process 6)

Thanks for visiting! Stay tuned for more progress. xoxo



Experimental Summer

I wish I had the time to write a post reviewing every single day of my residency, because that’s how much content I have to share. Unfortunately my schedule is completely packed, but I at least want to share some images of things I’m working on! Also, if you can’t tell from the photos, I’m experimenting a LOT. A teeny bit of information: I’ve been working with sugar, medicine, and obviously the colors red and pink. Thanks for visiting!

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New Work: D.C. Drummer

D.C. Drummer

D.C. Drummer
16″ x 20″

So…it only took me about 2 months to get around to finishing this painting. Better late than never right? The funny thing is that it only took an hour to finish it. I mostly just corrected some shapes and added details. Anyway, if you’d like to read the story behind this painting, click HERE. Thanks for visiting!

D.C. Drummer (detail 1) D.C. Drummer (detail 2)


From the Vault: Oil Painting

I first tried out oils when I was in the 11th grade. I was working with Diane Patton, a local studio artist and great inspiration of mine, and she offered to let me use her oil paints one day while I was in her studio. My favorite thing about the paint was the thickness of it. I was hooked from the beginning and I soon bought my own set.


I think this is the first painting I made with my new paint. It’s a painting of my niece, Elena. I actually never finished it, but I kind of like the looseness of it the way it is. Maybe one day I’ll work on it some more or maybe I’ll just leave it. Anyway, thanks for reading :]