“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.” ~ Artwork by Trevor Hoag, Ph.D.

 

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to photograph the artwork of a former professor who has become a mentor to me, Dr. Trevor Hoag. Over the last few years he has mentioned in several classes that he has been working on Jackson Pollock-esque painting, and I have mentioned my passion for freelance photography, and decided to finally collaborate our talents into one project. We both understand the therapeutic benefits behind creating art, no matter what form and no matter what one is dealing with in life, and it was inspiring to discuss what drove Hoag in his Pollock/Van Gogh/cosmos adaptations, in addition to interesting painting methods he experimented with. To be honest, I don’t think I could do any of his explanations justice on here! While photographing I loved putting a light up to the paintings and revealing some of the acrylic paint that had a shine to it, adding a whole new dimension to his artwork. We even somehow managed to get philosophical and analyzed some of his art as I was taking pictures which added an additional dimension to how I viewed his artwork. All in all, I had a blast (pun somewhat intended) expanding my horizons in this art shoot, as I had never done any type of shoot like that before, as well as helping my dear friend capture his art. If you would like to learn more, visit his site here.

(title quotation by Jackson Pollock)

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