My central idea -- to create portraits of family members and other people close to me, illustrating their personalities -- will be explored primarily in variation of technique, style, and exaggeration of certain components of each image. Implementing personality -- that is, the personality of a single figure in its whole while taking nuances and details into consideration -- is a seemingly impossible task, so I want to explore how all cultures in the world have been able to accomplish and excel at this. Portraiture is such a universal form of art, and restraining myself to the style of a single culture would simply be shooting myself in the foot, or so to speak; thus, I want to try to instill the styles and techniques of artists from all over the world into my portraits.

Quote: "...just the bare bones of a name, all rock and ice and storm and abyss. It makes no attempt to sound human. It is atoms and stars. It has the nakedness of the world before the first man - or of the cindered planet after the last." -- Italian mountainer climber Fosco Maraini describing K2

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"Phoenix" -- Ink on paper; 16 in x 24 in

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"Pittsburgh: Momentum Mori" -- Ink on matte; 39 in x 8 in

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"Bangor: Carpe Diem" -- Ink on matte, 39 in x 8 in

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"Santa Fe" -- embossing on brass sheet; 8" x 8"

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"El Paso" -- Embossing on brass
sheet; 8" x 8"

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"Lincoln" -- Ink on paper, 10" x 14"

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"Orlando" -- ink and watercolor on matte board, 16" x 12"

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"Sacramento" -- ink on matte board, 9" x 13"

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"Tampa" -- ink on 14" x 10" matte board
Artist statement:

My central idea -- to create portraits of family members and other people close to me, illustrating their personalities -- will be explored primarily in variation of technique, style, and exaggeration of certain components of each image. Implementing personality -- that is, the personality of a single figure in its whole while taking nuances and details into consideration -- is a seemingly impossible task, so I want to explore how all cultures in the world have been able to accomplish and excel at this. Portraiture is such a universal form of art, and restraining myself to the style of a single culture would simply be shooting myself in the foot, or so to speak; thus, I want to try to instill the styles and techniques of artists from all over the world into my portraits.

Quote: "...just the bare bones of a name, all rock and ice and storm and abyss. It makes no attempt to sound human. It is atoms and stars. It has the nakedness of the world before the first man - or of the cindered planet after the last." -- Italian mountainer climber Fosco Maraini describing K2


First major piece of artwork -- "Flotsam and Jetsam" -- acrylic on 16" x 12" canvas

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"Detroit" -- pen and marker on ATC, 2.5" x 3.5"

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"Denver" -- pen and Sharpie on ATC, 2.5" x 3.5"

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Bismarck" -- pen and watercolor on ATC, 2.5" x 3.5"

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"Key West" -- pen, sharpie, and watercolor on ATC, 2.5" x 3.5"

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"Trenton" -- pens and watercolor on ATC, 2.5" x 3.5"

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"Corpus Christi" -- crayon and pen on ATC, 2.5" x 3.5"

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"New Orleans" -- pens, sharpie, and crayon on ATC, 2.5" x 3.5"

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"Portland" -- pens, colored pencil, and watercolor on ATC, 2.5" x 3.5"

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"Jacksonville" -- pens, crayon, colored pencil, and Sharpie on ATC, 2.5" x 3.5"

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"Providence" -- pen and Sharpie on ATC, 2.5" x 3.5"

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"Quart of Milk" -- pen and Sharpie on paper, approximately 14" x 22"

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"Whim" -- mixed media on compact discs

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"Tacoma" -- black pen and Sharpie on roughly 22" by 14" (I'll double-check dimensions) paper

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"Signature Science and Integrated Technologies Flag" -- digital, will be printed onto face of 2 x 3 (exact size TBA) flag

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"Bottle-opener" -- pen and marker on paper, 6" x 6"
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"Charleston," pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11"