This is the first piece I worked on while at the MacNamara Foundation artist residency on Westport Island, Maine during the autumn of 2008. I'd already created the xylene transfer before leaving South Carolina but hadn't put the layers together or even thought about stitching it. It was a smart choice to bring…. something with which I was familiar.... something perfect on which to begin working in a new setting. Once I started, I was instantly at ease even though this was the first time I used any brilliant color on one of the portraits. Red, however, is the obvious choice for a blood donation decision.
I'm honored to know this businessman who has donated over 75 pints of blood and often holds blood drives in the parking lot of the Biscuit House, a breakfast restaurant he owns. I shot the photo as he stood in the window for "take away" orders.