Capable, Durable, Resilient

Prompt: Considering the community structure and interconnectivity of working out of Redux, as well as the dynamic nature of being a part of the greater creative community in Charleston, how is your work influenced by these immediate surroundings? How are elements of community, Charleston, and Redux portrayed in your work?

I’ve really never felt a tangible sense of community around me before I moved to Charleston in 2014. Not living in CT, and not in NYC. It’s safe to say that this could have been an issue regarding my own underdevelopment and insensitivity, but stepping into a community of people who see and embrace the potential in others, this felt relatively new to me. Redux, and the network I’ve developed within this creative community has provided me the foundation and confidence to take risks in my work. I’ve come to establish a certain style of painting as a result, and I’ve chosen to portray three people who have come into my life here in Charleston, who all have some very profound characteristics in common, a basic one being that they’re all heavily involved in the Warrior Surf Foundation, a tribe I now consider family.

“Jesse” 18x24” acrylics on wood Jesse Miller, 34 years old Brother to two, son, friend, ultra-runner, surfer, saver of lives, Navy Corpsman in the Marine Corps Infantry ’10-17, loyal, consistent, steadfast, creative, capable, durable, resilient. I painted from a photo I took of Jesse in March 2019 while hiking in Zion, two days before our first Ultramarathon in AZ. He has willingly gone into the “pain cave” with me multiple times, a place we go to find better versions of ourselves. He is also one of the crucial components that make Warrior Surf stand apart as an incredibly effective non-profit for Veterans, by Veterans.

“Isabell” 18x24” acrylics on wood Isabell Dasher, 10 years old Oldest sister to three, friend, dancer, fashionista, musician, surfer, fighter, cancer survivor, warrior, daughter to a 2nd Class Petty Officer & a Specialist in the Army, capable, durable, resilient. I painted from a photo I took of Isabell at Folly Gras 2018, she was dancing and singing all by herself to music no one else could hear, under the Warrior Surf tent, and reminded me of what I strive to be: fearless.