Art.a.ma.jig is an event hosted by Tanner Hill Gallery for the Arts & Education Council here in Chattanooga. Artists are asked to donate a piece of work with a common theme. This years is “I Am Fierce”. I played with this concept in my head, rolled it out to paper and asked my friend Amanda to pose for me. These are my musings on the session and not the model’s. Amanda’s very unassuming and the last person I can think of as “fierce” in the literal sense of the word but she does have some demons writhing around inside her, as I know I do. Amanda’s break through her skin in the form of tattoos. This sugar skull on her shoulder manifests itself into the fierceness that I’m looking for, her open hand clutches at her shattered side. There’s a lot of emotion in this piece already, the floating jellyfish juxtaposed to the hacking strokes of paint. I can’t wait to see where this goes. Here’s a gallery of sketches revealing my process.