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Tango in a Brushstroke 


Ink, 2013


Various Dimensions


Art 233 Two-Dimensional Advanced Drawing


Ink brushstrokes can give a painting rhythm and movement, depicting the subject’s inner qualities. When this technique is combined with artistic freedom, it allows these inner qualities to expose hidden language and meaning through abstract expression. 


As a dancer, this piece shows the moves of a tango dance piece called “Roxanne” performed when I was 17. Tango in a Brushstroke is a series of eight paintings that illustrates the momentum required for dancing through the fluid nature of ink. The ink allows for the representation of the abstract, yet understandable, language that two people use to communicate while dancing. In this piece, I also find it quite permissible to take advantage of the absent background to create harmony using color and value.


The paintings are abstractions of the original dance photographs.



1. 24 x 30”

2. 10 x 8”

3. 8 x 6”

4. 6 x 6”

5. 18 x 12”

6. 22 x 28”

7. 4 x 6”

8. 18 x 12”



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