Embers, Ashes and Saints by Eddie Head

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Eddie Head

Embers, Ashes and Saints


30.48 × 91.44 cm | 12 × 36 in

Oil on board

  • ARC Staff Awards ($100 Cash Award)

This is a very personal work for me. In the midst of global quarantine, we're all struggling to find solice, beauty and hope in a confused and dysfunctional world. What's real, what's true, what holds hope when fear separates and constrains us? I wanted to show something beautiful but strained, an environment that represented safety, delapodated; but with beauty still in the ruin. My wife graciously modeled for the piece and the result captured the vibrant contrasting visual I'd imagined. Additionally, this is my first work on board and was truly a learning experience for me. I wanted to capture a wide dynamic range of color and light and although inspired by the concept and eager to paint it during lockdown, we lacked access to models. My wife Jessica Gordon, an ARC finalist last year, had modeled for many of her own and I asked if she'd do the same for me. I couldnt have been happier with the test shoot results so I immediately composed the final image and dove in. I'm loving working on panel and plan on this being the start of an entirely new apporach to creating.