A selection of my most exemplary work completed as a Bachelor of Fine Arts undergraduate student at Eastern Michigan University.
Four Guys Standing Around
22" x 36" Chalk pastel, Black Stonehenge Paper. One of my favorite drawings and possibly my favorite memory of college is "Four Men Standing Around." Although they are in a sketchy, less wealthy area of town, the young men pictured are enjoying the small, quiet moment. The men have abandoned their troubled past and worries about an uncertain future. The black of the paper makes the already-bold color of the chalk pastel appear to emit light, creating a strong, lively atmosphere.
Girl and Tiger
19.5" x 25.5" Charcoal, Cadmium Yellow Canson Mis-Teintes Paper. The miraculous scene in "Girl and Tiger" was inspired by a Buddhist story. The buddha in the story was so loving and kind, the warmth of his presence calmed a raging elephant aimed to trample him. I wanted to use yellow in an unexpected situation for this drawing, the heat and liveliness of cadmium yellow a contrast to the freezing cold Siberian climate but a strong emphasis on the warm, loving relationship between the characters.
A Man And His Guitar
19.5" x 25.5" Charcoal, Cadmium Yellow Canson Mis-Teintes Paper. "A Man and His Guitar" tells a bittersweet narrative. The man in this image enjoys a silent moment playing his guitar, yet feels lonely and oppressed by the monotony of his life. This drawing is simple; it needs no less and no more.
The Opportune Moment
22" x 36" Chalk pastel, Black Stonehenge Paper. A huntress wastes no opportunity to have the perfect chance of winning her prize of food and hide.
Life Drawing Study: Brown
22" x 36" Vine Charcoal, Chalk pastel, Black Stonehenge Paper. This life drawing study is not fully rendered, revealing my process of building colors by layering chalk pastel. My goal was to use unlikely colors to render a life-like form. I am fond of the colors and wish to use them for future works of art.
This section contains drawings which I am excited to share and are still relevant to my work, but are no longer my most recent, featured works.