Detail of "Naked" by Nolan Haan
My chosen muse is a common, mundane, disregarded object largely devoid of color. Ubiquitous to the point of being invisible, it is an object we walk by every day with barely a glance. I paint portraits of concrete blocks and cinder block walls. I acknowledge their flaws and celebrate their imperfections, for therein lies their beauty. They entice the viewer to fall in love with the pits and scratches and ill-applied mortar and to experience the surprise of being engaged by a chunk of cement.