Through paint, I explore my friends and family in quiet, introspective moments. These compositions reveal a vulnerable side of the human experience that is only unveiled when people are not performing or fulfilling societal roles. I am interested in the inner person as well as what they project outward. In a sense, the people I depict are a witness to their inner self. Patterns are used as camouflage and to set a mood. Strong light, both natural and artificial, becomes a subject itself, competing with the figure. Using richly painted surfaces with mesmerizing patterns and lush vegetation, I captivate the viewer to encourage self-reflection and curiosity.

Medium & Dimensions: oil on linen; 50"x30" (passing through); 28"x20"(within), 20"x20" (phosphorescence)

about the artist

Grace Doyle (b. 1988) lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She received an MFA from Towson University in 2023, an MBA from the University of Baltimore in 2019, and a BFA from MICA in 2009. Doyle completed a residency in Norway under contemporary figurative painter Odd Nerdrum. In 2023, she was a finalist in the Bethesda Painting Awards Competition and the Miami University Young Painters Competition. Her work has been published in East City Art and Welter. Doyle serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors at Hamilton Arts Collective, an artist operated cooperative gallery in Northeast Baltimore City.




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