The Worst Moment of my Life, 2022. 52 hours

The party is badly out of hand. You are better off moving on without having any conversations.

> Walk through quickly, incompletely avoiding eye contact

This painting attempts to capture a very specific type of discomfort, the one where you walk in and it is clear that you were not expected, or maybe that you were expected to be somewhere else. Why am I here? Why did coming seem like a good idea in the first place?

I believe I have met that seated individual in real life, although he was not a horse at that time.

I experimented with flat round brushes a lot in this picture. Much of the digital art I experienced in my impression-building years used this sort of approach, where there is no attempt to simulate the textures of a traditional, physical brush. Something about this strikes me as noble, but I fell back on brush texturing for the tile, walls, and smoke.

The Hylozoist is a long-form digital project I began in February 2020. Each painting tells a story, and each painting tells another story when viewed in context. Also, each painting can be followed to the next painting in the series if you follow the most interesting thing in the scene.

To see more paintings from the project, click here.