Nude Descending A Staircase
Media: oil & mastic on canvas
Location: in the studio
Hover/tap for Price $6300 framed
56 x 38 inches (142 x 96 cm)
Every one of us has experienced, in dreaming, or daydreaming, or perhaps in poetry, imaginary ways of seeing a narrative. There are connections between things and aspects of our lives that cannot be well described rationally, a kind of beauty that doesn't usually appear in our day-to-day consciousness, except by surprise, but that provides a different and equally important way of perceiving our lives. These impressions may be sparked anew, like a déja vu, by imagery that resonates in that same archetypal way. It’s important to remain aware of this other way of seeing, this language of the imagination; it helps us to expand the way in which we live, because the definitions by which we live are themselves the product of the cultural imaginary.
I have been fascinated by the light in the leaves in the forest, that intense backlit color. It is very hard to capture in paint the greens of the leaves. In this case I just went for the power of the blue sky interpreted as a mandala. The silhouette was double-exposed in-camera, but something was missing so I found the image of the girl in the doorway, and I did a lot of work in Photoshop before I started the oil painting.