Statement

Me and my gallerist, Lauren Childs. Photo by Walt Burns, 2018

I am an oil painter mostly. Light and shadow and how it plays on my subject are the main components that get the creative juices flowing.

Simply put, I paint people. I paint people because I find people to be incredibly beautiful. Most of us judge human beauty strictly on what we find sexually attractive. I don’t see it so binary I suppose. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and colors are absolutely stunning. The wrinkles in the skin, the blemishes…all of it is gorgeous when the light hits it right.

I guess my message may be just as simple. Love. What do people want more than anything else? To be seen. To be loved. I love my fellow man by turning them into masterpieces. I paint them and say, “look at how beautiful you are.” Most people don’t see themselves as works of art. But we are.

My most recent body of work was created by an open call for selfies on Instagram. I painted strangers and loved ones. Their photo, my brush. It’s more of a collaboration than just “my thing”. That makes me happy. This body of work is on display at Fort Works Art until December 8, 2018. Stop by and tell me what you think.

In the studio. Photo by Hillary Bridgman, 2018

 

Watch a recent interview with Charles Grey, discussing my work.

Soli Deo Gloria (To the Glory of God)

 

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