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This original acrylic on canvas painting is on a 36 x 36 x1.5 inch canvas.  The painting is wired on the back for hanging.  


The painting Moving Forward, Looking Back is one in a series of monochromatic paintings that explores the connections between figures in coastal settings. The monochromatic image is of a  group on the beach as the day fades to dusk.  The limited palette and the placement of the group in the composition creates a bold tension that anchors the emotional atmosphere.   The body language of the group describes the harmony that developed while gathered for a time in this natural setting.  Focus is reduced to monochromatic tones and simple thoughts of what was, what is, and what will be. A quiet and reflective moment is captured as a connected energy moves all figures forward.  


My interest in social psychology is an inspiration for subject matter in this series of black and white paintings.  The images convey a sense of self-reflection, personal evolution, discovery, and connection. A study of contrasts are a continued theme in my work and include the tension between lights and darks, calm and conflicted emotions, loud and quiet palettes, order and chaos in composition and textures.  The contrasts create an energy in the piece which acts to stimulate and soothe at the same time.  The simplification of the composition and palette creates a mood and psychological atmosphere that allows for a strong narrative.  By combining these concepts I am able to explore the dynamics of a mere moment.

Moving Forward, Looking Back - 2021

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