My brother had been going through some things lately and I wanted to make him something to cheer him up/let him know I'm thinking about him, so I painted this for him:
I had done another similar painting in VERY different colors, with a much different tone as a result, and had had it rattling around in my head that I wanted to do one in complimentary colors to see what the end result would look like. So when I decided on doing reddish-orange highlights with bluish-green shadows, I knew it would be for my brother because I knew that it would be very dramatic and kind of dark. I like to think that the story behind this image is that he has survived some sort of apocalypse and is standing on a hillside at nighttime, watching the city burn, ready to fight to stay alive. Maybe that's not a terribly positive thought, but he and I both love zombie and other post-apocalyptic stories, so it seems like a natural story for this image of him.
Originally, as I was painting this, I was calling it "No man is an island, more like an archipelago" because the orange highlights combined with the blues as they started to fill in looked to me like a topographical map of strings of islands in an ocean somewhere. However, I think that now that it is finished, I prefer "Burn" as a title... short, sweet, to the point.
I visited my brother this past weekend (he lives in Pittsburgh, I live in Philadelphia) and gave this to him. He was really pleased, and I hope you guys like it, too!