Cactus Portraits

This particular series of cactus portraiture began on May of 2017. To find out more information, please read the statement posted below or click here. To see the most recent paintings, and paintings in progress please visit my Instagram account. Thank you for your time, enjoy.

Cactus Portraits: Radiant Cacti (2017)

The cactus has been a recurring motif in my art ever since I returned to the Coachella Valley after graduating from college. I became fascinated by the ease at which they could be propagated and their ability to thrive in the harsh environment of the desert. As subjects, I don’t find them particularly attractive or beautiful in the traditional sense (let alone easy to work with), but their complexity and resilience is something I admire and attempt to capture with paint.

Many of the paintings are based on my personal collection of cacti that I accumulated from cuttings and droppings over the past 6 years. Others are based on photos of cacti I encounter in my day-to-day life. Each cactus I have painted has personal significance to me or someone I know. Each cactus possesses its own personality. As such, I consider these paintings to exist at the intersection of landscape, still life, and portraiture.