The work is a mixed media technique consisting of a base of flat acrylic colors painted in general shapes that make up the basic image. Shapes are then outlined in black acrylic. Once the surface is dry, one or two coats of black watercolor is applied to the entire surface. When the image is completely dry, a wet brush is then used to pull the black away from the color to leave the texture and shadow that bring the image to life.
The inspiration came about while living in eastern Kentucky. The way the coal dust seems to coat almost everything and mutes the color. Yet somehow, the color is also heightened thanks to this effect.
The uniqueness comes in the process of using two mediums, yet taking one away at the end to leave the complete image.