Michael Alan: Translating the Moment

What interests you about portraiture and what influences your color palette, form, and materials?

When I think of myself as a fine artist I think of my first memories as a kid drawing as playing. I drew my mom and dad and basically everyone I could with the goal to turn them into a living image. I was fascinated that a human can create a universe on paper and live free.

So you grew up in New York in the 80s with a very distinct street culture. What was that like and how did that inspire yo...

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