When curating the Passion theme for Miroir Magazine, I came across these amazing portraits by John Rawson. I feel that they embody the very essence of what passion means. These women are powerful, their intensity and strength emanate from the page. I have included shots we did not put in the print issue. John works with a lot of amazing stylists, everything he does is just fabulous.– Nina Pak
Q: The theme of passion and love plays a supreme role in your work. Where does your inspiration come from? Who is your muse? Do childhood memories play a role?
Q: How do you inspire the powerful and compelling images you create?
A: Working with organic surfaces, from wood to stained papers, skins to fabrics, has always been pivotal for my figures. The patterns in the wood or stain help to decide placement, pose, and movement of my girls. A plain, pure paper or canvas has always proven overwhelming and at odds with my personality. Having to impose my will on something, even a piece of paper seems overbearing and rude. Having parameters to have to work within and play around is more interesting. The challenges of natural surfaces are what makes them so special to draw on. Drawing becomes more interactive, less imposed when there are areas on the original surface to be revered and other areas that interrupt, merging together with the figure.
Q: Tell us a little about your method and how you came to favor this medium.
A: I paint in oils on a smooth primed surface. I paint opaquely on the first layer, then glaze and detail on two to three more layers. I started painting in oils in middle school I loved everything about oil painting from the start and never stopped.
Q: Do you consider yourself a storyteller, does your art have a message?
A: My paintings are narrative and based on stories and fairy tales.
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Q: Tell us about your method and how you came to favor this medium.
A: I work mainly with oil paint but drawing is something special for me since my childhood. Working with pencils is hypnotizing for me, it’s addicting and I forget time and everything in the world!
With my big oil paintings I prepare everything with a different method from my drawings. For my paintings I have everything already established when I start to paint, but when I draw, I just have a rough idea of what I want to do and, in the process, ideas start to come out and the final result is always a surprise. It’s a process of discovery.