In The Name Game blog post, I showed a preview of a work in progress.

This is Rhapsody, an homage to singers in general, for their vocal abilities. A nod to one of my favourite singers of all time, Freddie Mercury of Queen.


Rhapsody, 3′ x 3′ Oil on Canvas

For this painting, I played Bohemian Rhapsody, and watched the visualizer, drawing out the motion of a verse until I was satisfied. I wanted to create a spectrogram image, but I had to somehow incorporate my audio test results. The challenge was to figure out how to tie the two together.

At one point, I thought this shape looks like it could be the voice box, the epiglottis, and the wave somewhat took on the pattern of the larynx. I decided to play on that some more, resulting in this finished work.

I’ve said that I have a subconscious need to keep some elements of representational realism, but was open to abstract interpretation. I feel that I’ve achieved that. It is very different from my other pieces. I might not do something like this again, but I’m quite proud of this.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Published Apr 12, 2016

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