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In 2018, the same time I enrolled into college to learn to teach English as a second language, I began finishing some of the oil paintings I had been working on. The new works were transformative for me, connecting to past exploits into visual storytelling, but also developing newly discovered philosophical liberties gained during studies after moving to Israel. My craft has also since improved, mostly having painted on panels in the past using primarily glazing techniques. The new work still employs some glazing, but relies more heavily upon direct paint application and removal. These new processes tie, as well, into the philosophical freedoms I’ve gained since moving half-way around the planet. The methods I employ mirror, in many ways, the progression I have followed in life—by gaining knowledge through the process, then removing what I recognize as obtuse, then layering once again, etc.,  the work becomes a story unto itself, reflecting the philosophy beneath and becoming a window that glints light back from my own life.

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