portfolio > curious kin

Martha A. Knoll (second great-aunt)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Reva Lucille Wood (great-aunt)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Robert Maycoch (relation unknown)
Acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Lucy Jane Glenn (first cousin four times removed)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Garrett Wood (fourth great-grandfather)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Anna Rose Knapp (second cousin three times removed)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Calvin Brushey (fourth great-uncle)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Iris Ann Herbrig (grandmother)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Effie Caroline Godfrey (great-grandmother)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Kathryn Sidell (great-grandmother)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Mary Marquis (great-grandmother)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
John Otto Herbrig (great-grandfather)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
William James Cooper (third great-uncle)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
paul kenneth painting portrait acrylic and pencil on canvas
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Franklin DuBois Sidell (grandfather)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Roscoe Roy Sidell (great-grandfather)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Fred Warren Alfred William Cooper (third great-uncle)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Zachariah Godfrey (second great-grandfather)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Garrett Wood (fourth great-grandfather)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Edward F. Knoll (third great-grandfather)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Hans Peter Rohde (second great-grandfather)
Acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Kenneth Elmer Rohde (grandfather)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Clara Knoll (second great-aunt)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Andrew Jackson Wood (fourth great-uncle)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Augusta Hulda Verch (second great-grandmother)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Henry Lancaster Cooper (third great-uncle)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Percy Maycoch (relation unknown)
Acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Reverend Willis (relation unknown)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Mrs. Bonner (relation unknown)
Acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Mary Stoltze (second great-grandmother)
Acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Mabel Carrie Cooper (first cousin four times removed)
acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Bertha Elizabeth Wood (third great-aunt)
acrylic paint and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016
Marjorie Effie Wood (grandmother)
Acrylic and pencil on canvas
10"x10"
2016

Exhibition Statement
Of my childhood memories, my fondest time was spent exploring my grandparent's eclectic Minnesota estate. They had countless treasures, my favorite being tintype portraits of family members dating back several generations. Some of the photographs were kept in old musty albums, while others were displayed in a crooked salon style arrangement in their bedroom. To me, time had a way of distorting these images; it made them more than just depictions of people. The portraits whispered to me.

The ancestors depicted in Curious Kin come from both my maternal and paternal lineage to create a self-realized pictorial history of my origins. My process begins with a rigorous preparation of the canvas substrate. Layer upon layer of medium is slowly built up, then sanded away leaving a velvet-like surface that amplifies the materiality of the paint. The foundation of the image is drawn in pencil and begins as a direct representation of the source photograph. The portrait is then transformed into a drawing-painting hybrid after a precise amount of acrylic is applied. The varied textures undulate between harmonious continuity and intentional self-destruction, consummating the final fragmented likeness.