Cara Thayer and Louie Van Patton create figurative oil paintings together that evoke storms of flesh, sexual tension, and the frailty of human relationships. The couple met in Chicago when Thayer was studying at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, hit it off, began dating and collaborating almost immediately.

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“Our paintings could be considered to be at least quasi-biographical about paint itself, so paint and pigment are also very much a source of inspiration,” Thayer said. “We are very medium-oriented at the moment, hopefully not to the point of the tail wagging the dog. It also just occurred to us that we’re probably a self-fueling fire as we inspire and invigorate each other. ”

“One of our goals has always been to paint with the intention of the finished work resembling that of an individual painter. In trying to find a common inspiration with each other, we discovered that it is very difficult to define who you are to another person and explain your feelings with any kind of consistency, let alone authenticity.”

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