Detroit River

Painting title: Detroit River by Kurtis Edwards

I wanted to capture an introspective feeling and show the Detroit River’s expansiveness. I went with a late summer sunset vibe with lots of warm pinks and cool blues.

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Old Memories

I spent a formative part of my life in and around Moffett Field in California. I remember P3s constantly practicing touch-and-goes and the ever-encroaching silicon valley on the other side of the freeway that separated the base from Mountain View, CA. I would come out of our base housing townhouse to see this giant airship hangar in front of me. The base housing I lived in is long gone, and the airship hangar sits as a shell of its former self. I painted it the way i remember it, full of activity, life, and awe.

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American Life

Painting title: American Life by Kurtis Edwards

This is the story of America right now. Themes of poverty, addiction, mental health, and racism all collide on Kensington Ave in Philadelphia. I wanted the composition to be realistic, showing paint strokes or a harsher blending. I kept the color theme modern and utilized a simple screened concrete overlay to add some texture.

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Portrait of Brianna Grier

Allegedly, in July of 2022, Brianna Grier died falling out of a moving police car while having a mental health breakdown. Since Brianna passed, I have been heartbroken for her twins and family but also reflecting on my struggle with mental health. Mental health needs compassion and empathy, not police and punishment. The brunch strokes are purposeful, but I completed them with empathy in mind. I want to keep the composition simple but filled with meaning. The color theme represents vastness and loneliness, but also kinetic energy found in warm orange tones.

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