I decided to use my sketchbook as a study of noses, color, and design. I wanted to be loose and explore where the water and paint would take me. Learn where it could take me. This also led to an exploration of community as I reached out for nose pictures and received responses and reactions. I enjoyed trying to express what I knew about these people through small portraits of just their noses.
Much of my work is portraiture that pries into peoples anxieties and insecurities and tries to bring normality and light to darkness. The bulk of that is based around a body-positive series I've been working on for the last couple of years. Real women, femme-identifying, non-binary, and genderqueer people send me photos of themselves, and I paint them in bold colors. The goal is to normalize real bodies and to make people feel included and familiar. Surprisingly, the nose project started aligning as some of my nose models shared their insecurities with me. Everybody has a body. Every body is weird and beautiful.
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