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FAQ

Why do you do this?
For fun! I have a full-time day job, but I love books, quotes from books, and painting, and this brings it all together.
 

Are the paintings for sale?
Some of them are. Email thepaintingwasbetter@gmail.com if you'd like more info.

How does this project work?

I have always loved reading: I love the idea that there are actions, emotions, and events that someone can put into the exact right words to evoke that feeling or picture to which you can relate so much that you remember when you were there, or it makes you want to be there, and it temporarily illuminates a small segment of reality. I have always dog-eared books and written down my favorite quotes to reread whenever I feel the need to access something that feels true or profound or simply real. As I read, my thoughts swirl and they slowly coalesce into a visual. Sometimes this picture is a zoomed-in part of a specific scene, sometimes it is an overview, and sometimes it is abstract. But when I see it, I see the whole story, I remember the quotes, and I feel the same emotions as I did when I read the book. It is not a book cover, or a cutesy way of writing a quote to hang on the wall. It is the way the story looks, condensed to one visual take, based on its emotional content.

Any other philosophizing you want to share?

Obviously, yes, I would love to. So, when we categorize, there is overlap and there are edges. Most people know the uplifting quote about cracks being where the light gets in. Somewhat similarly, I find that at the edges, the boundaries of categories, there is this odd gray area where interesting things live: concepts, people, ideas, thoughts, solutions, conundrums. I have always been fascinated by these edges. You would think that maybe this is my half-hearted attempt at rebelling against categorization, a kind of tacit disappointment in generalization, or a defiant need to be unique. Or perhaps it is a need to figure out what gets lost in means, medians, and modes. But really, this is what I see when I look at anything: I want to understand where it lives within its boundaries and see where it overlaps and determine what that overlap can tell us. 

 

My education mainly consisted of me keeping hold of humanities and STEM in the same hand, writing essays about love in Russian literature and completing Applied Math problem sets, combining visual arts with logical engineering. In my work today, I blend the social world (society, policy, people) with quantitative methodologies; this means toeing the line of overlap between numbers and ungeneralizable humanity. The discordant becomes musical. When I read, I see the story as emotional flow, and this subsequently conjures a picture.

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