Learning craft: drawing, painting, & lithography
My undergraduate degree in Fine Arts provided me with a rich foundation of training in the traditional fine arts.
Life drawing was one of my favorite classes at Wayne State University. As the class progressed, I began to explore the abstract shapes created by the body, focusing on realistically portraying it subtle nuances and the interplay between light and dark.
During my senior year of undergraduate studies, I chose to take Lithography for one of my electives. I was fascinated by the extremely physical aspect of making the prints and how it shapes the entire creative experience. For the selected prints shown here, I used drawings based off of photos which I had taken, but I manipulated the images to create a disorienting, slightly uneasy mood.
Two paintings created during my last semester at Wayne State University. I began with a monochromatic study based on a woodblock print by Ando Hiroshige called "Sudden Shower." Replicating another artist's work allowed me to concentrate on the brushstrokes and mixing colors. For my second painting, I spent several months working on a highly detailed, photo-realistic painting of the Latin Quarter in Paris. I used a photograph as my guide and focused on depicting the many different types of light, which provide a magical quality to the scene..