A Strain of Honesty
       
     
A Strain of Debauchery
       
     
A Strain of Arrogance
       
     
A Strain of Innocence
       
     
A Strain of Reflection
       
     
A Strain of Skepticism
       
     
A Strain of Persistence
       
     
A Strain of Honesty
       
     
A Strain of Honesty

Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, 2014 (read below)

Portraits have remained a strong avenue for artistic expression through my experimentation with different media and art styles. I have always viewed portraits as a means to explore the relationship between artist and model. This consensus arises primarily from Lucian Freud’s portraits, which I was exposed to at an early age. Paintings like The Painter’s Mother and Woman Smiling were indicative of a process where the artist laid bare the artist’s and sitter’s shared psyche not only through the 10-12 hours that it took to create the piece, but also through the painting itself.

These pieces have been created to explore, in-depth, the relationships that I share with my family and immediate social circle. Psychologically, my personality is a composite of the people that I have surrounded myself with over the last 20 years. With this series, I aimed to re-negotiate, through painting, my understanding of those that have so greatly influenced my character. In a sense, it is a homage to these individuals, but in another sense, it is a gateway to a greater understanding of my creative and spiritual self.

Each portrait goes beyond the palette and brush strokes into a parallel space where I find myself reflected in the work, in turn making each piece a self-portrait, capturing a unique strain in my psyche.

A Strain of Debauchery
       
     
A Strain of Debauchery

Acrylic on canvas, 40x 40 inches, 2014

A Strain of Arrogance
       
     
A Strain of Arrogance

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2014

A Strain of Innocence
       
     
A Strain of Innocence

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2014

A Strain of Reflection
       
     
A Strain of Reflection

Acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 inches, 2014

A Strain of Skepticism
       
     
A Strain of Skepticism

Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, 2014

A Strain of Persistence
       
     
A Strain of Persistence

Acrylic on canvas, 20 x 30 inches, 2014