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"Found" Portraits

Based primarily on found vintage images, my "Found" portraits give new meanings and contexts to old images!  This body of work in oil and silver metal leaf attempts to find a language that is both ancient and modern- a portraiture for the 21st century.  Metal leaf can connote religious iconography, but using silver also refers to early days of photography (silver nitrate) and the "silver screen" of 20th century America. 

Move around the room - let the silver pick up the ambient light and reflect it back to you in a magical aura unlike anything you've ever seen.  Then stare into the figure's eyes -- as otherworldly as the light around the figure is, the soul of the figure still dominates in an image both vintage and contemporary.

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