BEV JOZWIAK

BEV JOZWIAK   ARTIST STATEMENT

Painting the figure has been a lifelong passion. Living in the Northwest, and having a daughter who dances professionally has spurred the recurring themes of figures in the rain, and the ballet, but nothing is off limits. I love painting figures at the beach, and the coast is fairly close. My daughters and their friends have been my main subjects. People have watched them grow up through my work. My oldest now has three children, a boy 6, a girl 3, and a new baby. They live nearby, and I can see there will be a whole new generation to paint.

I feel I can do anything while depicting the figure. It’s easy to work on design and the interaction between people, when working on a piece with multiple figures. It is just as much fun to work on a single figure, or even just a face. In the end it is all about just putting paint on a surface. The love of the process is what keeps me moving forward.

The edge of a shape is a critical transition in artwork. My edges can be jagged, gestural, bleeding, and spattered. I paint in acrylic and watercolor. I love the look of oils, but the odors bothered me, so I have been working on ways to use acrylics in the same manner of an oil painter. I have been happy with the results.  I usually paint on Gesso board, as it has a very slick surface, and allows for the paint to glide easily, giving me the edgework I desire.

Capturing the human form in everyday moments is my goal. I never want my paintings to have the feel of being a posed portrait. My figures appear to be embedded in their own reality. Their gaze is usually behind the frame, rather than out of the frame toward the viewer. Directing the gaze of the subject behind the frame contains the energy in the image I have created. Viewers are allowed to peer in, but the subjects do not notice. The effect enlarges the virtual world of the subject.