Bargaining With Rabbits

artist statement Rabbits Thoughts

People often want to know what my story is when it comes to rabbit paintings. Growing up on an acreage just outside of the city, I used to have rabbits as a child, as a teenager and as an adult. When it came time for me to choose a path in my final year of art school, I knew I wanted to paint but I didn't know where to begin, so I turned to my vast repository of family photographs. There were a lot of rabbit photographs buried in that stash, so I picked them out and set them aside to use as references for my paintings. I wanted to learn more about abstract art, but yet again I was stuck I didn't know where to begin. Process-oriented abstraction did not appeal to me, and so I realized I needed a reference for my work. I picked up all of those rabbit photographs I had set aside and I began to create abstract paintings based on close-ups of the rabbits. I wanted to reincarnate those long deceased rabbit friends of mine into large, abstract oil paintings. I also wanted to improve my general painting skills, so I used the photographs to create realistic-ish oil paintings of my rabbit friends. I am not interested in re-creating the photograph of the rabbit (or anything for that matter) with exact precision; however, I do love impressionism, colour, illustration and humor so my paintings must make me laugh or cringe, otherwise they don't feel like a part of me.

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