So the dreaded 'Thesis Paper' begins. I hope this paper can help you, the reader, understand the thought process behind this body of work. I have always felt that my artwork should stand on its own legs, unsupported by flowery, artspeak. This body of work is completely different from anything I have attempted before. This paper is as much an experiment as the work itself. I have divided this paper into three major sections; Looking Back, The Thesis Itself & Looking Ahead. I have found that this thesis has not only become about the last year, but my career as an artist. Starting from the day I walked into my first RIT drawing class, to the day when I finished my Thesis, I am looking in three directions at once. I look to the past, to see how I have grown, as an artist and a person. I examine the present to understand what I have become, including the thoughts behind my artwork as well as the work itself. Finally, I look to the future to see where I can and will go, and what I will become, the end result of this journey. I have chosen my advisors in keeping with the idea of looking at myself from three directions. Prof. Bob Cole, my freshman drawing teacher. Prof. Robert Dorsey, my undergraduate Illustration teacher. Finally, Prof. Edward Miller, my graduate Painting teacher. Each Professor has been invaluable to my artistic development; past, present & future.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Portrait painting--Themes, motives; Portrait painting--Technique

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Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Dorsey, Robert

Advisor/Committee Member

Cole, Robert


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: ND1300 .G883 1997


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