Amo / 2018

Acrylic on Canvas


This is my friend Amo. This is also the last painting I ever did (so far!).

Coming into college, I wanted to be a hyperrealistic portrait painter. It was all I did in high school, and in my mind, that was the absolute peak of art. But after a semester in NYU, my horizon on what art was expanded rapidly. I decided I wanted my practice to be more socially focused, and I pivoted into exploring other forms of art, eventually landing on design. I knew I would probably never paint portraits again, even though technically, I could, but the desire has vanished. I wanted to indulge one more time, and so I painted Amo. Afterwards, I gave this painting to her, and gave away all my paint supplies. I'm happy.