In this thesis, I will try to explore and put into perspective how my life experiences have made me the person I am now. The topic of my thesis is "No Words."

I focused on painting human emotions that transcend standard cultural barriers of race, culture and languages. Being a foreigner in a foreign land and surrounded with foreign words I have more often than not, had to rely on reading people's emotions to gather substance of a conversation. Very often feelings of gratitude and happiness were easier to express as well as interpret using facial gestures as opposed to words.

I have attempted to capture and express positive human emotions in a manner that is truly global. The human faces and features that I have portrayed in my oil paintings are snapshots of such emotions.

My thesis project represents my exposure to a truly multicultural environment and how I used reading peoples faces as a source of the meaning and depth behind people's words.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Painting--Themes, motives; Painting--Technique; Emotions in art

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Degree Name

Fine Arts Studio (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Alan Singer

Advisor/Committee Member

Luvon Sheppard

Advisor/Committee Member

Robert Heischman


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at ND237.N474 A4 2014


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