THE PEOPLE PROJECT
The People Project is an ongoing portrait series that uses art as a vehicle to connect with individuals of diverse cultures and backgrounds. What began in 2014 as a mechanism to make new friends has now evolved into a multi-faceted series that spans multiple years, countries, and languages.
These works were created at a month-long Artist Residency at La Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy. I was inspired by the workers of Venice — the people who live there year-round and witness the constant flux of visitors, selfie-sticks, and over-crowding, and how their perception of the city may vary from a tourist's. Each watercolor (or, as the Italians say, aquarelle) is 22"x30." This Residency was funded by The National Society of Arts & Letters. For more details, click here.
These portraits were created at a two week Artist Residency at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts on the island of Skopelos, Greece. The Capi is the local café of Skopelos where the men gather nightly for a smoke, a drink, and some company. Located directly across from the port, right in the center of town, the café is perfectly situated for the men to keep an eye on their town and their people. I strove to capture a glimpse of their personalities in attempt to better understand their culture and way of life. Each oil painting is 18"x24." For more details, click here.
"Twenty-Something” is a portrait series that I created to meet similar-aged people in my neighborhood when I moved to Brooklyn. While interviewing neighbors, classmates, and friends-of-friends, I realized that the loneliness I sometimes felt living in a new location was commonly shared amongst all of us. We all live vastly different lifestyles and experiences, but somehow share the exact same emotions. I ultimately made a limited edition series of books about the project, as well as held an exhibition of the paintings in Brooklyn. Each oil painting is 11"x14."