Why did you pick this picture?
There is a certain beauty that comes with abandonment. I’ve always been mesmerized by dilapidated buildings and landmarks discarded by the public. I wanted to show that beauty is not always “attractive” and ugliness is not always repulsive.
Where did the idea for this artwork come from?
My professor assigned a task to paint light, and my first thought was of this place, and abandoned hospital in Warren, OH. In a place like this, light breathes life into something that has long since been forgotten.
What does this art mean to you?
This painting, for me, is a jumping point. I think it sets a foundation for me to express my love for the “ugly”, and to allow others to see the beauty in the abandoned.
What can You tell us about yourself?
I’m an American artist living in Ohio, a senior at Youngstown State University, and a veteran of the armed forces. Art has always been my saving grace, even when I wasn’t in school.
Growing up in West Texas, art was never a focus of my community, or even the surrounding areas. I didn’t know it then, but the art world was my home away from home. It was a place I could lose myself when I needed a break from everything around me. I just hope to return to the art world, everything that it has given me.
What more can You tell us about your artwork?
Hopefully “deRELICt” is only the beginning. I hope to begin a series of painting inspired by this single piece. I have only recently started painting (started January 2018) and have fallen completely in love it it.
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