#7 – Untitled, life study


This drawing won Best of Show at the 7th National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition. College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD.      

It was a life study example in a drawing class I taught at RIT in Rochester, NY.

I was trying to demonstrate to the students the usefulness of the background in creating a narrative concept within a their work, even if it was just a study. I drew from a photo of myself and placed my image in the background creating a tension between the two portraiture's.

This is a charcoal and graphite drawing.

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Influences: There are a few. I really Like Alice Neel and Alex Katz. Edward Hopper made work that touched me on an emotional level while Wayne Theibaud's landscapes are extremely aesthetically pleasing along with his masterful use of color. I would also like to acknowledge my family who has been a real inspiration and very supportive in the creative process. EDUCATIONM.F.A.,  Printmaking, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1991.                  Minor concentrations: Drawing and Art History.B.F.A.,   Printmaking, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York, 1989.                 Minor concentrations: Drawing, Art History and Papermaking.