I am an artist and surface pattern designer based in Durham, North Carolina. My portraiture focuses on creating paintings and drawings of women, derived from the imagination, and set against flat color or patterned backgrounds. The scale of my work ranges from the somewhat small to the very tiny, and incorporates both realism and graphic elements.
I find that inevitably a story is assigned to each individual face by the viewer. I may provide a single first name or sometimes even just a string of words weaving throughout the background as the only hint into each woman's life, along with her expression. Nothing additional is offered, allowing the viewer to form his or her own ideas about who each woman is, where she has been, what she is thinking.
As a child I drew faces on lined notebook paper with magic marker. I made hundreds of these drawings -- they held my attention for hours -- and this subject still occupies me today. I've graduated to oil paint and wood panels, but my purpose remains essentially unchanged -- to create and capture a beauty and mystery inherent in each face, that I hope will compel the viewer to conjure up his or her own understanding of each woman, just as I used to spend hours making up stories about each and every magic marker drawing I'd done.
SELECTED COMMISSIONED WORKS
I Love My Amazing Body is a children's book encouraging confidence and body appreciation.
It's written by Jocelyn Scofield and illustrated by me, Kristyn Dors. To find out more and to purchase the book and art prints, visit my Etsy Shop.