In further development of my biographical landscape paintings, I have focused on one location in Los Angeles, Bert’s Liquor Store. Located on York Boulevard and Avenue 46, Bert’s Liquor Store encapsulates much of Los Angeles’ dingy and strange side. Though the building is barred and run-down, much business thrives at this location amongst other liquor stores similar to Bert’s. Focusing on the architecture and odd human presence, I interpret the building from different angles at different times of the day. Offsetting a strange atmosphere with the colors and painting style, I engage this peculiar building in a sequential context.
All paintings in this series are Acrylic on Panel, 22 x 30’.
In an exploration of my relationship to my past, I began a painting series of landscapes set in Los Angeles. Focusing on public places in Chicano neighborhoods, I painted from both photograph and memory. This series is a development that I will continue in my painting praxis.
The next time you find yourself at the Cambie, sit at the table I designed! The painting is of a rainbow peony that is melting/warping/dripping in a dark landscape. I wanted to use vibrant and interesting color with a bold contrast of a black background.
Pattern Assignment, 2-3x3 ft. Acrylic on Canvas. Through exploration of the concepts around patterning, I created a process for the deconstruction of order through breaking down visual pattern. Each abstraction contains a “core” pattern, a common symmetrical, structured design based on the symbol of a heart. The paintings also contain pattern elements including, development (complexity), extension (growth), and pattern imbalance (dematerializatiion).