My newest works attempt to expand the possibilities of my photo realistic painting. By using photographic references that have clearly been digitally manipulated, I am unapologetically acknowledging the role of the photograph in my painting process. This makes the viewer aware of the separation between themselves and the original figurative subject.
In addition, I am experimenting with the level of refinement and lack there of. The highly detailed facial features of the subject make it relatable and elicit a sense of empathy. However, by allowing evidence of the painting process to remain within the finished painting, I am informing the viewer of yet another level of separation from the subject.
They are not looking at a representation of a person, but a painting of a manipulated photograph of a person. The objective of this body of work is to simultaneously create both connection and distance between the painting and the viewer.