Epic Journeys

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Companion pieces, the latest paintings developed in the studio this final week of March, 2014, intensely-colored variety of fish in a world of surrealistic turmoil, yet they calmly float and drift through the morass of unpredictable energy free from the perception of gravity, they live only in the moment.

[Special thanks to Maria Mendoza]

 

Group Therapy

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Again there is a dualistic appearance open to subjective interpretation in this piece, compositionally a certain proximity might bring feelings of anxiety for the introvert who witnesses a bunch of fish ganging up on the weirdo in the middle, while the actualized extrovert may see this as a lively conversation, a diverse school of fish talking about their situation.

Beneath The Horizon

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Part of my fascination with these small-scale watercolor collage paintings is that they represent a vast expanse of ocean yet also appear to resemble an aquarium tank, the dualistic nature of this metaphor of containment is very appealing.

It could be a matter of attitude or perception, a Rorschach test for the viewer to see abundant space or confined space, brightly-colored fish in a beautiful environment or mutated fish in a hostile ocean.

White Space

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I am experimenting with the watercolor backgrounds, papers and environments, how they appear based on the technical aspects, such as pages cropped to a full bleed (image continues to the edge of the page) as opposed to the more ethereal treatment of some white space around the soft edges of the painted area as above.

These originals are available for sale and the framing would depend on whether you put it under a mat and cover the edges, or take an image like the one above and float it on a mat so that the edges of the paper remain visible, it’s a nice look that to me conveys the idea that the water continues beyond the picture plane into that dreamlike space.