This revolutionary soldier is more of a background figure, though he is extremely important for the tone and composition of the work. By painting him as relatively schematic and lacking in detail he can serve as a bracket that contains and defines the raging fire next to him. Were I to give him more distinct features, it would totally change the flow of the painting.
The ultimate purpose of that picture of me looking into my orange coat! It ended up being more of a self-portrait than I thought it would be, I couldn’t help but connect with this figure at his forge. The role of the artist as a maker is extremely important to me; I couldn’t be an artist without also being a craftsman. The creative and the practical, the physical and the mental are ultimately inseparable.