The focus of the A.N.Y. Child paintings is to explore the world of children through painting. Their unique blend of innocence, imagination, wisdom and beauty I have tried to reveal. The series began in 2002 with the first painting, A.N.Y. Child 1. None of them have been planned, commissioned or done with any intent other than to explore this individual child's world with paint. All of the imagery that I have collected for the portraits has come from happenstance. Much of the time from candid photos that the children had no idea I was shooting. As each of these paintings progressed I would have moments of reflection of my own childhood and I would ponder the quotes that I was hearing from my own children on a daily basis. Their words seemed to surface continuously as I painted and I began to record them along with others that I imagined. Many of the things that children say reveal a sense of wisdom beyond their years. I marveled at how the things they say remind me of the words that we, as adults, need to live by. Watching and listening to my own children has allowed me to see the world through their eyes. They are my window to the world and I am endlessly grateful for that.
All images available as limited edition prints on canvas. Commission inquiries welcome.
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