Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2006

Capstone Advisor

Professor Jerome Witkin

Honors Reader

Professor Sharon Gold

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Visual and Performing Arts

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Art and Design | Illustration


The way that an artist works is directly affected by the way that they perceive and interact with their surroundings. My work over the past year has dealt with the way that I perceive different universal aspects of human experience such as death, separation and personal motivation. The work itself consists of large representational figurative paintings executed in acrylic, oil and various drawing mediums on canvas, linen, or illustration board. Each piece is preceded by a number of preparatory drawings in which space, characters, and narrative evolve.

The way that I approach subject matter and the execution of paintings has been changed over the past year by experiences in meditation, including a nine day silent meditation retreat in the Vipassana tradition, and recent training in the practice of the Shamatha meditation practice. Specifically, cultivation and training of attentional stability through meditation have become two of the main grounds for the way I spend time with my artwork.

The work presented here is also strongly grounded in the Western European traditions of narrative figurative painting. I believe that there is a direct correlation between training in representational painting and meditation; I have found that the emphasis that both place on observing and perceiving reality in the most accurate way intertwine in my work.

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