Go behind the scenes of these portraits and see why Jean Pederson has “an undeniable craving.”
BY JEAN PEDERSON
There is a constant tug between the desire to render classically and the desire to communicate expressively.
I need a certain amount of rendering within my practice, but there is an undeniable craving to interpret, in my own voice, what I feel about my subject.
My work has evolved into a hybrid of styles, much like that of modern dance. I still hold the ability to paint a realistic and dramatic portrait in watercolor (like classical ballet). My travels into a variety of expressions (the tap, jazz, hip hop of painting) allow me to pick and choose the dance of my brush.
My question for artists: Do you want to do the same consistent style for the rest of your career (a very solid and accepted path), or do you want to chassé to the left?
I feel gratitude for the choice to move where the music leads me.