Art Beats #6
With the digital rendering created for the Downtown Art Beats Sidewalk Intervention sidewalk my aim was to create a character that one might see while walking in Raleigh.
Given that I have a graphic design background vs. fine arts my style of painting people resembles animated characters more than realistic portraits of human beings.
While I respect the skill it takes to create life-like portraitures they don’t particularly excite me. In the artwork I admire most artists depicted people in a style completely their own using exaggerated forms and non-descriptive colors. I admire those works because to me they are more imaginative.
Like those artists, my preference is not to paint people to appear lifelike, if I wanted to do that I would take a photograph instead. I prefer to capture the essence of the character one that hopefully elicits an emotional response. I like when people tell me they look at my paintings and feel something as a result. So it is true with this character, I wanted people to look at her and feel happiness.
When painting a mural at Imurj in April 2018 the highest compliment paid to me was that others saw themselves or people they knew when they looked at the figures painted in the scene.
That’s what I want for Flo’. I want people to look at the mural and see themselves in her. Even if others do not see themselves in her, my hope is that they look at her in a positive way.
I look at her and am instantly reminded of at least three friends. Not because her features resemble them physically but because there is this spark I see in her that I see in them. I love that spark in them, and I love seeing that spark in her.
For me personally, I see a character infused with my own inner spirit.