Grapefruit Stripes is one in a series of still lives I explored at the beginning of grad school. I wanted to set the composition off-kilter here and make what was happening below the surface of the table laid out in a way that traditional or accurate perspective would not allow. This was one of the first paintings on paper I tried – the relatively large scale and smooth surface of the paper prompted me to use the oil paint more like a watercolor – diluting it with medium and playing fast and loose with it.
|In painting still lives, I am painting relationships. Fraught, volatile, awkward, or joyful, my objects become characters in their narrative.|