I’m drawn to the idea of having human faces or figures in my work and the discipline it imposes. In all the subjects I attempt to capture in paint, whether actual persons or conjured from various sources, I can’t seem to escape constantly running into some part of myself. The question of what it means to be human haunts me, and forces its way into my work. On the one hand, I want to portray people in order to capture their unique presence, but also to somehow allude to the underlying mystery of what it means to be human. When I work on a painting I’m soon lost in the actual process of painting: the interplay of color, line, volume, tone, value. Always, I’m trying to have the courage to paint over the early, pleasing parts of a painting and arrive at something beyond what I thought was going to be the destination when I began – to let the process of painting have a say in the resolution of the image. In the end, I hope for a balance between what the subject of the painting may communicate and what the actual paint on the canvas has to say.

Reed Clarke
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