Birth Control

This piece was created for Liberty Magazine and Art Director Bryan Gray. I've been working with him for years and love it because there are always very interesting stories to work on.

This piece is about the fairly recent uproar about hospitals of faith and giving women contraceptives.

A challenge I set up for myself over the last year is going out of my way to use new color combinations. I am doing this to try to test myself and find what works and what doesn't. I am not a scientist about it and often find myself experimenting right on the painting. I know, its risky but if it really doesn't work, I just paint it over again and again until I get it right.

I have to say with all the experimenting, yellow is the biggest pain in my ass. It's a hard color to use in part because its opacity is difficult to punch and requires layers to get the richness I like. Everything yellow in this piece is 2-3 coats. Psychologically, yellow is one of the most attractive colors to people but also being hard on the eyes, can be one of the most annoying. An interesting Yin and Yang with this color.

In this piece, I wanted to play with blues and yellows - one of the coolest colors with one of the warmest colors. I think this worked out well but I am sure I'll be doing more yellow paintings in the near future.