Little Guys are a collection of 5 x 7” mixed-media paintings. In each series I start by painting a small canvas with traditional media. In a recursive process I developed over the past few years I scan these paintings and digitally manipulate them in Photoshop. Some of these changes alter the hue or saturation of certain areas, while others use stylistic effects to enhance or take away information. Most often I digitally draw into the painting using layers of masks. I then print these digitally altered paintings on canvas and paint over them once again (with traditional media). I reiterate this process several times to produce an ambiguity between media and explore the spatial qualities and characteristics of digital and traditional mediums.
This recursive, iterative process began as an attempt to bridge different parts of my life together - combining my lifelong practice of photography and digital art with my oil painting practice. It remains an ongoing experimentation of mixed-media I continue whenever I can.