This project stems from a desire to create a meaningful series following attendance at the Articulating Values Symposium held in Durham, North Carolina in September 2017.
I wanted to create a body of work that facilitated empathy for the people and issues relevant in today's society. I'm using my platform as an artist to give voice to those whose voices are not being heard. Each painting will be accompanied by a story of the subject using their own words from a series of interviews where I get to know them on a deeply personal level.
When this series is exhibited audiences will have the opportunity to learn about each person and why the thoughts depicted in their paintings are so powerful. Viewers are invited to take a moment and think of these paintings and by extension the people represented in a new light; to ponder the words and phrases - the voices - the painted subject chose and why; to take interest in their story, of only for a moment.
The original series of paintings represents real people who call the Raleigh-Durham Triangle area home.
The style of the portraiture paintings are a modern mashup of pop, contemporary and street art on 24" x 24" gallery wrapped canvas.
A portion of each sale will be donated to the charitable organizations that support the communities of people who allow me to use their artistically rendered likenesses, words, and stories.