Since I have started sharing pictures of my canvas work some people that knew me for my photography work have asked me why I would ruin my photography by splashing it with paint until it's virtually no longer recognizable.
For a long time I have kept both aspects completely separate in anticipation for these reactions. So what changed?
Art is an experience of senses and of emotions. As I invested my self in these aspects they became mixed and started blending into each other.
As I worked the paint and the texture, the canvas is usually laying flat parallel to the ground. However, when displayed it would be perpendicular to the ground this means that as I am working the texture and the colors I need to constantly think about the lighting... just like in my photography.
When I am painting over my photography portraits I try to blend the faces in but keep them visible. For this I have used a technique from the dark room printing called dodging and burning. (anyone using any kind of photo editing software will know these tools from the digital version)
By hiding an area and progressively expanding or reducing the masked (again anyone doing photo editing will know this term) area, I can transition from heavy textured paint to the photo printed on the canvas and have a cohesive surface of my canvas.
It's because I am a photographer I paint the way I do and because I paint I light, expose and compose my shots the way I do.
The photograph presents one facet of reality. I started painting to add a raw emotional aspect I felt was not always clearly expressed in the photograph.
The paint is my hydrophilic description of the story and the emotions involved around the photograph.