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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Kendric Tonn

Kendric Tonn


I have always held drawing in a kind of reverence, both as an art form in its own right and as a foundational skill for other arts. When I was trained in the classical tradition of oil painting, it was a touchstone and constant companion--first throughout several years worth of studies in charcoal and pencil, and finally, when my teachers allowed me to begin painting, a question that accompanied each brushstroke: "Does this paint I'm putting down improve the drawing in my picture?"

Even now, out of the painting academy and working on my own, I find myself frequently returning to the pure drawing I was taught as a neophyte painter. With these studies of the figure in pencil or portraits in charcoal, I have the chance to concentrate on questions of line, shape, and value--in other words, drawing, the hard skeleton that will give structure to a painting or teach one to produce a subtly-varied line that expresses form with elegance and economy.


born: 1982, Phoenix, Arizona


The Florence Academy of Art, 2010
Sewanee: The University of the South, BA, 2004

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