In painting, especially within the realm of realism, it’s beneficial to sever oneself from common notions of what’s there. At some point we discover, trees are not shaped like lollipops, human figures are not sticks, and almost no face is truly symmetrical. But our brains love patterns. Because patterns help us make sense of the world!
Looking at faces, we don’t see eyes, nose and mouth… That’s just what we perceive. What we SEE are shapes, angles and various exposures of light. In my work, I’m ever-grappling with what I am seeing versus what I simply know is there.