I enjoy making art that tells a small story within itself, the details of which are interpretable by the viewer. “Beekeeper” is a foray into this process through the creation of a character. A whimsical but stern figure stands posed at the center of the piece, darkness surrounding her. The beehive cradled in her arms serves as the central motif of the painting, leaving the viewer to extrapolate who or what this character is.
The round canvas was chosen since its shape is reminiscent of old portraiture, as well as for the movement it lends to the piece. The oval shape of the frame is echoed by the beehive at the bottom of the painting. The color palette is muted save for brief pops of orange and red, intended to focus the eye on the two central elements of the piece: the face of our titular character and her golden hive. All other details are excluded, inviting the viewer to interpret the nature and story of the Beekeeper as they choose.