The Woodlands Collection is meant to make you remember walking through the woods.
The familiar cast of characters.
There’s a familiarity to it, but there’s also a kind of magic
This body of work is completely different from my previous work in terms of color, but the forms and compositions are turning out to be a progression of those past collections.
Original artwork should be a time of exploration and experimentation for an artist.
I hope that I never find myself replicating “safe” work…
I always want to be pushing myself and learning something new!
From the beginning I knew these pieces were going to be very maximalist.
Lots of pattern.
Very little rest.
I want them to be as full of life as the environments they are painted from.
I wanted this collection to feel different than my previous collections. I challenged myself to use new shapes and colors.
And what I found when I challenged myself..
was a new way to appreciate the wild around me.
This collection should inspire you to walk outside into the woods with a new perspective. To see the animals, bugs, trees, flowers, and grass in a way that surprises you.
This is the piece that I'm the most proud of. Not only is it the largest canvas I've ever done in my entire career, but it's the overall story of the collection.
I filled 3 pages in my sketchbook proportions and patterns and imagery that I wanted to include.
If most of my pieces are a page from the story, then I wanted this one to be the whole book.
I wanted every piece from this collection to be found in this one painting.
I am really proud of this collection and you'll just have to wait and see what we're going to turn these patterns into next.
Hint - it's not what you expect!
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