Joy

My recent focus has been on the transformations we go through in life. This series enabled me to tell nine different stories of my own life that many others may share as well. The concept was that Joy would get covered up by time, only to reveal itself again. This was achieved by masking a textured plywood wall with a smooth cut-out of the Joy design. Next, a canvas is placed on the wall over the design and painting commences. After multiple passes with brushes, rough rags, and other marking tools are made, the cut-out's edges begin to reveal themselves in the painting's surface. The more the surface is worked, the more that Joy prevails. This transformative process is both physical and meditative in nature. Below are the nine paintings that resulted from my first iteration of this very powerful and profound exercise.

Joy 1: Original Intention

Joy I: Original Intention


Charcoal, china marker, and acrylic on craft paper
56 x 34 in / 142 x 86 cm
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2023
Joy II: Early Influencers

Joy II: Early Influencers


Charcoal, china marker, and acrylic on linen
48 x 40 in / 122 x 102 cm
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2023
Joy III: Tank Formation

Joy III: Tank Formation


Charcoal, china marker, and acrylic on linen
58 x 39 in / 147 x 99 cm
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2023
Joy IV: Big Drama

Joy IV: Big Drama


Charcoal, china marker, and acrylic on linen
48 x 40 in / 122 x 102 cm
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2023
Joy V: Four Seasons

Joy V: Four Seasons


Charcoal, china marker, and acrylic on linen
48 x 40 in / 122 x 102 cm
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2023
Joy VI: Big Time

Joy VI: Big Time


Charcoal, china marker, and acrylic on linen
48 x 40 in / 122 x 102 cm
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2023
Joy VII: Deconstruction

Joy VII: Deconstruction


Charcoal, china marker, and acrylic on linen
54 x 42 in / 137 x 107 cm
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2023
Joy VIII: Power Lunch

Joy VIII: Power Lunch


Charcoal, china marker, and acrylic on linen
42 x 41 in / 107 x 104 cm
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2023
Joy IX: Emanation

Joy IX: Emanation


Charcoal, china marker, and acrylic on linen
52 x 31 in / 132 x 79 cm
Painted in Day Creek, WA. 2023