"Breathe", 2015, acrylic on fiberboard, 16 x 16 inches (40 x 40 cm).
A figure teeters against a blue sky, standing at a precarious angle, in an awkward and uncomfortable pose. The person in the image could be a child, but might also be an adult -- even the gender is unclear. The pose appears restrictive and uncomfortable, but the discomfort is self-imposed, part of an interaction taking place between the figure in the image and the spectator, while the wide-open sky defies any suggestion of enclosure or restraint.
The painting relies on only two colors, Payne's Gray and Titanium White -- again demonstrating a sense of restriction -- while the invisible horizon and the skewed viewpoint contribute both a sense of unresolved conflict and of free movement in space, the impression of freedom reinforced by the loose, flexible brushwork and visible traces of a rough charcoal preliminary sketch.
The painting is sealed against UV damage with two light coats of UV-absorbing varnish.