Map # 78
Joy Street Studios
86 Joy Street
A woman closes her eyes and takes a moment for herself while commuting on a morning train. Wrapped up in her thoughts, the environment around her swirls and warps â there and not there. The majority of my work focuses on this relationship between the individual, with their private life and inner world, and the public spaces in which they inhabit. With a love for color and the materiality of oil paint, my paintings transform everyday scenes into psychological, emotional landscapes and people within them into recognizable characters.
Working from photographs that I take throughout my day, I interpret what I encounter - appreciating the mundane, typical, beautiful, unexpected. Library patrons typing and reading. Luggage plopped at an airport gate. Hands holding. Commuters on the train - moving, waiting, distant, relating.
I start my paintings with a structured under painting that gives way to layers that are more stylized. I like to work quickly, blending wet paint into wet paint, pulling it off to reveal colors below. I allow space for the material to speak for itself, giving an element of surprise that contributes to the altered nature of the scenes that I am representing.
In one way, my paintings recount something I have seen, somewhere I have been, and people with whom I have shared a space. At the same time, I hope to capture moments that have a universal relatability - in hopes that viewers will consider their daily surroundings with a renewed sense of wonder.