The creation of images through value and color mixing has been a long standing fascination. These encaustic portraits were completed in thirty-eight weeks in 2014. Conceived of as a year long exploration I didn’t run out of faces, I ran out of time due to other more public projects encroaching on my studio time. I’ve not had the time or patience to get back to it since I stopped.

Each portrait conforms to a set of rules I set for myself. They are each made with just 5 colors and 4 tints of each of those colors. This limited color palate was the challenge that kept me interested. The experimentation of how colors react next to others and how you make new colors through proximity, size and shape without actually mixing colors was a source of fascination during the creation of this body of work.

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