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All of my work has something to do with the idea of "home". I'm fascinated by the small bits of our world that stabilize us and that can so quickly disappear. Whether it be a still life of very personal items or a presidential portrait, each painting has a quality that makes me feel both comforted and anxious. This is from a series of small paintings of American presidents. Raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ford has a special presidential spot in my heart. In fact, I currently sit 1.4 miles from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.
I really like working with gouache due to its opacity and how quickly it dries. Because it is a water-based paint, like watercolor, gouache paintings should not be exposed to moisture and ideally should be framed behind UV shielding glass. For more information on gouache, please look here: http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/pigmt7.html
Giclee prints of this painting are available here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/82198865/gerald-ford-giclee-print-125