New painting by artist John W. Carlson: "Shift" 30 x 40, oil and charcoal on canvas.
After the recent loss of my son, a very distinct and emotional change has started to prevail in my work.
The lower figure, in the painting "Shift", subconsciously emerged to resemble my son Ryan... I had previously attempted a tribute portrait of him and struggled to make it work. This piece however, captured his likeness unintentionally and depicts a change, possibly my own transition in the wake of this grief.
In the time since my loss, I have shown my work very little but have opened my studio to a few friends and collectors. Some pieces, such as "Shift", have sold before being shown in a gallery setting.
Here is the painting "Shift" with it's new owner, Ted, on the day he purchased it.