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Pastel & Charcoal

These works are observational drawings of the human body, using interplay of light and shadow to reveal its physical form, and to portray its energy. I am interested in drawing momentary fragments of human presence in illuminated space.

I think these drawings work best when they can move beyond literal description of anatomy towards the realm of abstracted landscape.

I see my intention as similar to the way a landscape painter may use movement of light to reveal or transform geographical form, to create an image which takes the viewer beyond seeing a simple depiction of place.

The drawings are made by covering paper with several layers of coloured pastel, which are then covered by a layer of charcoal. I draw the figures into this ground with charcoal, erasing light areas with tissue paper and rubber erasers, increasing the pressure, to create more intense highlights.