'Emotional makeup 'is a phrase I came up with when asked what would I call my sensitive water colour washes and contours that a lot of people who only know my bolder, more graphic work may have over looked.
My quieter work is hugely important to me and I believe god is in the details, and that with the softest of whispers you can create the biggest impact. No living being is one thing, and we evolve and change our styles only to return and revisit where you once started, with a more comprehensive view on your work.
Emotional makeup is more the 'idea' of makeup; a memory, a poem, a feeling, a sigh. Achieved by using 'off' burnished, stained water colour washes, it's a feeling more akin to a painting than to a hard beauty outline or motif. I use layers that can't be seen but can be felt, like colours in the ear or the back of the neck, in the crooks of the arms etc.
Gone are the barriers between a eye blend then separate eye brow, cheek and lip, and instead a seamless dance between all features, slowly melting colours without a beginning or end, bruised and stained tarnished and breathing ...alive! ....
This organic painterly approach has been something that I've been working on for years and something I truly BELIEVE is a feeling of love for material and the subject. I usually use only one brush, letting all the colours live together and going with whatever they create. There is no exact symmetry, just a natural balance of hue and texture. I owe years of looking at Flemish paintings and etchings, masters of Light and depth poetry and despair.
I feel like this makeup is like my breathing, it's my air and what comes with love for the brush the model and the pigment, painting secrets, memories, loss and belief ...falling in love.