Unlike canvas, plexiglass is super smooth. It's also non-porous. But most importantly, it's CLEAR and it's THICK.
Because it's clear, I can use both sides and allow things painted on the back to show through to the front. Because it's thick, things painted on the front can leave shadows behind them depending on the angle of the light on the painting. The overall effect is subtly 3D, a characteristic that has shown up in my projects in various ways since college and before.
From time to time, I post process videos on Instagram, which describe this process in a way words cannot.
Shown: detail of Nimmy, work in progress (now-complete private commission, 2023)
My paintings on plexiglass are built in layers, alternating between the front and back sides to create both visual and physical depth.
Shown: detail of Joe & Mauser (artist's collection, 2023)
My reverse paintings on glossy Duralar are exactly what they sound like...all the ink and paint goes on the back side. The process is backwards, with highlighted elements laid down first.
Shown: detail of Clarence & Feather Wand (artist's collection, 2023)
Color illustrations with fine point pens are one of my favorite ways to depict my subjects in motion in a free, gestural way.
Shown: detail of Nap with Husband & The Queen (artist's collection, 2022)
Ink drawings such as "Nap..." allow me to explore textures, line and composition.