Nic Owen

Below is the written explanation of the artist’s Sustained Investigation. To view the full images and details of each piece, click/tap on the thumbnail.

“Stop and smell the roses” is an idiom reminding us to relax and take in the small joys of life. I see my friends as the roses in my life, constantly providing me with an escape from the monotony of a daily routine. My sustained investigation explores my ability to express my friends’ differing personalities through owers and variations of color and contrast. How can someone’s personality be represented by a ower?

Aside from a simple flower, I aimed to develop my friends’ personalities through experimentation with color, using a variety of media such as colored pencil, pen, and graphite pencil. Colored pencil shows my ability to blend beauty and personality in one piece. Stippling with pen allows me to create stark contrast with the vivid flowers, perfect for those with bold wills. Graphite and charcoal gave me the opportunity to make colored pencil appear much more vibrant, relating to the more standout personalities. I chose the media for each individual based on which level of contrast would best convey their personality. As my sustained investigation evolved, I revised older pieces with new experience with color and blending in order to create a more cohesive portfolio.