In 2011, my lifelong love of vintage photos, the spark of an idea, and access to an unusually large number of vintage images, created the right conditions for an on-going body of work that I call “Drawing on History”. The initial concept was to work in color on black and white portraits. But as in all journeys, creative and otherwise, I find it best to go with my intuition. I began black ink drawings on the photos.
The process of creating a piece begins with a silent inquiry with the image in that long ago captured moment. The drawing experience is like a jazz improvisation in ink or paint. I stop when the connection ends. It can be one long dialogue, or, “conversations” over time, before the piece is complete. An intimacy develops with the images that creates a palpable bond that I re-experience looking at them, much like the feeling when meeting old friends.
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