First Advisor

Craig Cheshire

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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)






Drawing -- 20th century, Painting -- 20th century



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1 online resource (2, 15 pages)


At the beginning or the program my work was strongly oriented toward the individual objects used in the paintings and lacked any cohesive means or unification. Collage was used as an attempt for unification but more was still needed. It was not until I let go or observed or preconceived images and allowed the image to develop from the free now or washes and lines that I was able to allow the picture to give ideas back to me. The pictures were now growing from themselves and from the ideas suggested to me, without having to force the image prior to starting a painting. After many black and white works in this give and take approach I chose to introduce collage and color back into my work. It was also at this point that the choice of subject matter, prior to starting the painting, reappeared. I was now able to work with subject matter as I had before, but in a new, open, and flowing way.


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