art & process…

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This is a painting I was commissioned to do for a new workout space in Burlington, Vermont.  I wanted to illustrate my process especially how different the piece looks at each stage.  I layer colors to get the desired effect and then sand and paint and sand again until I get the look I want.  I wanted this piece to look like an old sign found under the stairs in a beach cottage—a relic from a hippie summer long ago.

My work has always been about removal and revealing what lies beneath.  I am forced to think a few steps down the road with this process.  I think it keeps me sharp (at least sharper than I would’ve been anyway).  It’s a very time-consuming way to work, but utterly thrilling when my instinct about the layers turns out as I had hoped.

I will post a picture of it in the space when they get it installed.