I am a fan of anything that contradicts itself: nature and expensive diamonds; serious and playful; ugly and pretty. I use off-balance encounters, such as these in my paintings, to create something unexpected and slightly awkward, yet beautiful all at the same time.
This is representative in my crow series, where I use the famously known “hood rat” of birds — the crow (or raven) – juxtaposed with high-end, glitzy diamonds and gems.
By painting the crows in portrait style, each piece ends up with its own personality and a surreal, dreamlike mood. Upon reflection of several completed pieces, it occurred to me that each crow is somehow representative of different clients that I worked with as my time as a jeweler.
Why a crow?
I enjoy the contrast of something most people perceive as ugly and annoying portrayed in a way that makes it elegant and powerful. If you look closely, there is beauty in everything.
Who does the crow represent?
After reflecting on a couple completed pieces, it occured to me that the crows ended up portraying differenet characteristics of past clients I worked with – funny how that happened.
Where does your inspiration come From?
My inspiration comes from many different sources: nature, past experiences, hours spent on Pinterest looking at couture fabrics, and of course, my mom.
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