My painted fruits and vegetables allow me to experience the handiwork of art making through photography. At the mercy of natural sunlight, my process reflects that of the Impressionists, reacting to changes in sunlight and the mystery of color as I slice into each new creation. Intense highlights and shadows create beautiful compositions that mirror the chiaroscuro paintings of Rembrandt.
The extraneous colors are contrary to reality, yet stray from the suggestion of pure contrivance. I intend the contrasting addition of color to the surface of the produce to evoke a stately sense of beauty that seems only slightly off, almost believable. A textured background seems a curious place for still lifes of fruits and vegetables, and the surroundings allude to a waterfront setting, further questioning whether we can trust the story of the lens.