OIL ON CANVAS
3 FT. X 4FT.
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
I have found that in order to make my work more organic and open to outside influences, I have to start with the character designs in my sketchbook. From there I decide what environment to place them in and how they may interact with the others. I then convert my sketches into a grisaille, adding small details and symbols hinting at a narrative. Once on the canvas, I paint each character using classical techniques juxtaposed with a bright palette and cartoon-like forms.
Inspired by surrealism, I began to anthropomorphize different types of birds, with a focus on the flightless variety. From there I began grouping them together based on their accessories and demeanor. It was important to give attention to developing the personality of each character and building a narrative to accompany it, highlighting the importance of both individuality and equality.
OIL ON CANVAS, 3 FT. X 4FT., 2015
A ratite is any of the mostly large, flightless birds with a flat breastbone, many of which are now extinct. This rag-tag team of birds is a cartoon-influenced interpretation of a flightless bird family. Each bird has been equipped with a red cape and a comically non-aerodynamic body to convey their inherent inability to fly. This group would be considered “Outsiders” in the bird world, alienated because of their oddity and perceived as a product of devolution. But, they found belonging as distinctive individuals in this diverse league of misfits.