Exploring relationships, roles, and transformation with materials, paint, human forms, and abstractions. Always in search of walls. Contemporary works on canvas and other materials.
I find the tangible forms we experience life through fascinating. I draw from life, and use those drawings as references for paintings.
In 2020 I began making sculptural mixed media pieces about transformation made with paint. They are paint materials assembled as abstract forms to draw relationships between process, presence, and transformation.
Abstracted ambiguous coastal landscapes depicting natural and unintended consequences, repetition, and organic forms.
Figures on Clothes
Figures on Clothes was a series of paintings started in 2003 where I painted relationships between clothing and the human form explored between subject matter and material. They are nude female figures painted directly onto the surface of stretched and prepared clothing. I enjoyed the ironic relationship between subject matter and material.
In 2018, I started doing these oil paintings called “First Impressions”. They’re slow oil paintings from croquis flushed out in oil paint. With these paintings, I hope to parallel the way we fill in unknown character traits based on instincts after meeting someone new.
In 2016, I began a series of oil paintings, watercolor paintings, drawings, and ink drawings exploring human connection with body language, touch, and gesture; communicating and connecting without words through improvisational lead and follow social dance. As a dancer who formerly worked in media, this body of work is a reflection of natural communication in contrast to verbal or written language.
Living in a coastal area, bridge paintings relate connection from another perspective.
I’m fascinated with relationships, connection, language, instincts, and intuition.
There are a couple of conversations happening on my easel right now. Like the first presidential debate of 2020, except they’re getting along. Different values, same stage. Actually, my paint forms and oil paintings have the same values – just different ideas about getting there.
Paint Forms are still underway and I’ve got a few coastal pieces in oil on canvas in the works, too. The paint forms are relatively petite. The coastal pieces are a little larger at 18×24″ and 48×60″. Photographed below, the top left is a work in progress getting close.
There are so many more to photograph. Paint Forms are tricky because they’re so reflective.
I’m finally able to take commissions on again… currently booking November and December projects. Contact me to get in. Do it! C’mon! Look at my commission face. 🙂
I’m writing this from a new computer. Naturally there’s a story… but I’m on overload so we’ll save that for another post.
All this crap is bound to come out somewhere… apparently it won’t be on a dance floor anytime soon. Keep an eye out on the visual front.
So. much. Crap. I’m grateful for paint.
Until this Covid mess, I’ve never gone 235 days without dancing… not since I started.
I get it, it’s not safe. The nature of social dancing is the opposite of social distancing. North Myrtle Beach sees spike in COVID-19 cases following unofficial shag dancing festival happened after people danced anyway. The article only cites two deaths but members of the dance community have been saying there are over 100 dancers sick and eight have died from Covid since the late September event.
I deeply empathize with how badly some people want to dance. To many, it’s just a fun and heathy hobby that should obviously be delayed until conditions are more favorable… but for others, social dance is something that meets real life needs. I won’t go further into it here but this whole situation is discouraging.
*Bring it up a notch, Jod*
Back in April, I made a “meet the artist” video to go along with my 48 Blocks project – I plan to re-record it sometime soon with my fancy new computer. It sounds like the ACAF will be publishing their virtual 48 Blocks weekend online soon, too.
On a side-note, I’ve got a personal revelation going on. I’m moved and torn between telling the world and keeping it personal. Hopefully with enough time, it won’t be quite so consuming. Maybe my mind will find some productive, subjective, non-literal, subtle while still satisfying outlet for some of this BS.
Wait… expect more Paint Forms.Continue reading Mid-October Musing
I had a few hours between jobs and wanted to paint but it was 80 degrees and sunny.
My wacky schedule has me juggling paint and down time. I’ve been dipping my toes into plein air situations, despite being fussy about painting scenarios. These recent open air paintings on paper have very little to do with what I’m doing – aside from opening potential to strike up conversations about purchasing work or raffle tickets.
To me, this plein air thing is more of a skill-building exercise than anything else. I don’t typically do these types of beachscapes, nor do I prefer to work quickly, or in public. I don’t like talking while painting. Heck, I don’t even like listening to music with lyrics at my easel.Continue reading Beach Painting
Spoiler alert: I received a prize for Milkyway at Cape May Point.Continue reading Night Skies Show at RRCArts
This is the largest pastel painting I’ve done to date. It’s four feet high by ten feet wide on paper, completed in the spring of 2020.
It’s part of a shore surrealism series I’ve been contemplating since 2017. I’m only sure of the date because in my massive organization project, I recently flipped through an old to do list in an appointment book before shredding it. “Start working on Shore Surrealism paintings.”
I take my to-do lists very seriously. Occasionally with creative matters, I rewrite items 900 times before the stars align and the spirit moves me into action. It’s just part of my process.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or to schedule a virtual studio tour.Continue reading Saltwater Veins III
It’s part of a shore surrealism series I’ve been thinking about since 2017. This year brought an unbelievable reality scene set for making a series of surreal paintings. It’s somewhat large at 48×60″.
The original is still available, though as of this post, it is not yet listed in my new gallery shop.
The gallery shop is where you can find originals. Fine Art America is where you can find my prints, and other items. I’m working hard to get as many available pieces photographed, described, and listed as quickly as possible. Some days require studio time. That’s where virtual studio tours and Venmo come in.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or to schedule a virtual studio tour.Continue reading Saltwater Veins I
Stewing on an idea about paint, what it does, and its representations, I began a new series of abstract work earlier this year. Paint Forms. I made a number of relatively small mixed media pieces of abstract work on wood. I’ve been building the transformative series in unison with Armageddon. Life poetry.
New mixed media work where paint materials are assembled in collage as three dimensional elements atop colored ground to draw relationship between process, presence, and transformation. Some are built on mono-prints from paper targets.Continue reading Paint Assembly
Message in a brown vintage bottle.
18×24″ oil on canvas
J. Clifford, 2020
Transformation of former materials to forms from materials
Paint materials assembled as abstracted sculptural forms in painting-inspired collage to draw a relationship between process, presence, and transformation.Continue reading Paint Forms