Member Since: March 2011
I have a strange relationship with people. I am at once fascinated and repulsed. Fear and loathing with a joyful embrace. This duality in my at-odds psyche has turned into an obsession, one which I express the only way I know how, and that is to pain... more
|Artist Statement:||I have a strange relationship with people. I am at once fascinated and repulsed. Fear and loathing with a joyful embrace. This duality in my at-odds psyche has turned into an obsession, one which I express the only way I know how, and that is to paint.
When I render the human form, I am digging into the person, pulling out what and who they are. I want to show their insides, for better or worse. By pushing and pulling the paint, the light and the shadow, I am laying them, and myself, bare on the canvas. It is my attempt to find the humanity, the God-spark, in them, and in me.
There is nothing more beautiful and horrible and lofty and base as a human being, and for me, no other subject worthy of deep exploration. I feel my soul in painting the human form, and so the flesh is always calling me.
Only oil paint will do. I fell in love with the medium, with it’s soft, sensual feel and rich intensity of color in my first college painting classes. I paint thin, in many successive layers. This time-consuming technique gives my work a luminous quality. Because of the brief, expressive nature of the images I am creating, I work from photographs, many taken myself and some in collaboration with local photographers.
I am often asked which painting is my favorite. The answer, the one I am doing now. The process of watching each work unfold, the moment when the flat canvas begins to breathe, that is the fuel that drives me to keep creating.
|Exhibitions:||Recent & upcoming exhibitions & Awards:
Walker Fine Art Gallery, 300 W 11th Ave Denver, CO, – Group Exhibit, May 13th – June 22nd, 2011.
Walker Fine Art Gallery, 300 W 11th Ave Denver, CO, – “Altered”, paintings of the tattooed nude by M Vlasic, solo exhibit, June 4th – July 11th, 2010.
Walker Fine Art Gallery, 300 W 11th Ave Denver, CO, – “2010 the Year in Preview”, Group show, January 11th-February 20th, 2010.
Best of the Arts District Exhibit, 910 Arts, 910 Santa Fe Dr. Denver, CO – Awarded Best in Show (2D) by Denver Art Museum curator Gwen Chanzit and Foothills Art Center curator Michael Chavez. December 18th, 2009 - January 11th, 2010.
Anthony Camera Studio Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO – “3 on 3” Group exhibit with Anthony Camera & Paul Moschell. September 25th – October 30th, 2009.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Cherry Creek North, Denver, CO – 3rd year exhibitor, July 3, 4 & 5, 2009.
Space Gallery, 765 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO – “Eye to I” main gallery solo figurative exhibit with Penelope Caldwell, June 12th – July 5th 2009
Kitchen’s Ink Gallery, 757 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO – Solo Exhibition, November 1st – December 1st, 2008.
Core Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO - 2 of 2 pieces juried into the "Place" show by Ivar Zeile, owner of Plus + Gallery. Awarded Best in Show for the painting "Please wait to be seated", September 12th – October 10th, 2008.
Space Gallery 765 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO - 4 of 4 pieces juried into the "Untitled" show by Michael Paglea, Westword art critic; Awarded 1 of 3 equal commendations for the painting "Caley III", July 11- August 16, 2008.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Cherry Creek North, Denver, CO – 2nd year exhibitor, July 4, 5 & 6, 2008.
|Artistic Influences:||Chuck Close, Richard Avadon, Lucian Freud|
|Artist Tags:||oil painting, figurative painting, figure , nude, portrait|