Facing fears.

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Maurizio (work in progress), oil on linen, 2014

The academic tradition has taught me a great deal of things over the past school year. One of the most important was how to handle the limited palette.

Four years ago the thought of applying any sort of color to my works was absurd. I liked working in grisaille, I liked glazing the hell out of everything, I liked the monochromatic simplicity of underspaintings and even used it as my main thesis for graduating university. The truth was that I was so afraid of the possibilities of color and preferred to stay in monochrome world.

I finally got a huge kick to the ego and made some terrible paintings on the limited palette.

And now, here I am.

While it still needs work, this is all part of the steps in the right direction.