The Valentine Series began in 2007. Each “Valentine” is an open-ended exploration, undertaken with a blend of spontaneity and careful analysis. It is my hope that in the end, the valentine has a certain clarity and integrity that invokes contemplation. Every piece in this series is created by first taking a stretched canvas and flipping it over-I like to refer to this as “exposing the under belly of the art world”. Then a light molding paste is applied. Next paint, liquid metals and found objects are added. Gouging, scraping and the use of solvents are all important to my process.This painting is comprised of acrylic mediums and metallic surfacers. Even though Metallic Surfacers look and apply just like acrylic paint, they are very different in that they contain real metal not pigment or the mica flakes commonly used in other “metallic paints”. Rather, they are an ingenious blend of finely ground metal flakes (copper, bronze, iron, steel, aluminum) in an acrylic binder that creates the look and durability of a true metal surface. Once a surface is coated with an Iron Metallic Surfacer for example, a magnet will stick to the “painted” surface.
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