To create each of my unique multimedia paintings I curate and hand-select some of my best black-and-white photo compositions and print them on canvases. I then paint directly on them with acrylic paint in a variety of styles (delicate washes, bold graphical posters, metallic accents, and striking hyper-realism). These are second-look works. Even though each one originated in one of my photographs, the subsequent interpretation allows me to come back to each subject and see it anew. The process is akin to the Monet’s haystacks, water lilies, and cathedrals – subjects to which he returned to mine them for additional depth and meaning. The base composition remains the same, but the artist of each painting is fresh and different every time – creating a double spontaneity and uniqueness.
The paintings are typically in three different sizes: 20×30″, 24×36″, and 30×40″ (which requires a slight recomposition because the 2×3 ratio of the original photograph is not preserved).
Some paintings are also available as 2-part “diptych” pieces (painting plus the photograph printed on a canvas of the same size). This creates a more dramatic architectural-scale installation when displayed side by side. It also creates a tension between the competing realities of the original photo and my subsequent interpretation of it in the painting.