Darrin Armijo-Wardle

Artist Statement: One night Darrin Armijo-Wardle looked out of his window and was met with an unfamiliar set of eyes. Running into the darkness to confront a stranger, he could only wonder: Who are you? What do you want? Why are you here? The stranger escaped yet the event left him wary of looking outside his own window. Which got him thinking: what do I really have to fear?
Exploring this question of fear, both real and imagined, universal and domestic, is the basis of his new series of portrait paintings. Unlike traditional portraits Armijo-Wardle paints his subjects as they sit behind textured glass in an attempt to demystify his fear. The fracturing of the portrait results in beautiful colors, unique patterns and evocative imagery.