"I started painting as a kid. I remember coloring with my mom when I was very little and never stopped from there on. When I was about 22 years old life took over and I lost touch with the paintbrush. I didn’t start painting again for almost 10 years. A friend was getting married and I wanted to gift them something special and original, made by hand. That was my first painting is over 10 years. After that I slowly started working on new pieces, not dedicating the time to it that needed to be. It wasn’t until just about 3 years ago now that I started really working daily on my work an pursuing it as an actual career direction.
My process is pretty organic.. I generally only plan out a very rough visual idea and let the rest of it all take shape on the canvas. I define the rough composition and then allow the rest to just flow as I make my way across the board.
Shedding Vessel is part of a series of work I’ve had going on, a specific body that’s been developing for a while. Partially based on various cultural cues, I’m fascinated with animal totems and what meaning is placed on the individual creatures that are represented in multiple cultures around the world. In addition to that, It’s combined with its interaction with our environment. This piece in particular is about the final moment of a soul's physical journey on this earth and how I’d like to imagine it’s energy being recycled back into the world around it at it’s departure." - Anthony Hurd
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