“Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Aeipathy is described as a continuing passion bordering an unyielding disease. I often feel that my creative process fits this description well. Creating and learning art on a daily basis is a very challenging and frustrating experience, yet it ultimately remains rewarding beyond the capacity of words to describe. Honing in my skill set at Southern Oregon Art Academy might be described the same. I have been attending the academy since August of 2012 starting off part time and as of late going on a full time basis. This charcoal piece was created at the academy during the Summer of 2013 using a traditional method known as Sight Size.


During the process an intuitive impulse urged me to stray from rendering the subject matter exactly how I saw it. Instead I roughened up the background while still maintaining a sense of light and shadow and I chose to render the skull as soft as possible with a realistic quality to it. In doing so I was able to create multiple levels of contrast; A background characterized by a dark and hard abstract roughness with a foreground that is bright, soft and contains the necessary elements of realism all the while upholding the illusion of space.


This is one of my favorite studies accomplished at the academy thus far and it is an honor to offer it to the world. The piece is 16” x 20” and was created using Willow Charcoal on 95gsm Archival Paper. It comes framed is now available for purchase here. Thanks for reading and for the continual support! It is truly appreciated.