Skull in noiseless Tension

Here is a monotype I created in a Beginning Printmaking class. I was intimidated by the creation of monotypes and found myself frustrated in trying to create something I genuinely liked. After a lot of trial and error I ended up making this piece, which in the end I was really happy with.

Skull in Noiseless Tension. Monotype. 2018.

Morgue Feet

Morgue Feet. Plaster, acrylic paint, wood, paper, fabric, string. 2019

This was my piece for a body casting assignment where we learned how to make molds and cast plaster. I was really intrigued by the crazy amount of detail you can achieve so I wanted to do a somewhat larger body part and put it in more of an uncomfortable way to really get people to look at the details. I painted the feet a skin color and found a shelf that the feet could rest on.

Grandma and Great-Grandpa

Grandma and Great-Grandpa, 16×20, Oil on canvas. 2019.

This is one of my favorite pieces I did this summer working on my Research Grant through St. Norbert College. After carefully reviewing images of my family and scanning them in to enhance details that weren’t as visible on the photo itself, I was very happy with the end result of this piece.

The image above shows an in-progress photo where I really started to dive deep into the process of creating the clothing details.

I chose a photo of my grandma as a baby being held by her father (who is my great-grandpa). I was intrigued by the highlights of his shirt in contrast with the intense folds in the clothes of both figures. I really wanted to make those stand out within the piece so that it would compliment the simplistic backgrounds which I use throughout most of my pieces.

Here is a closeup of the hands. You can see a mixture of contrast in color value as well as the use of some texture in the oil paint.