Artistic Process

As a representational artist I am by definition interested in reality as an inspirational starting point. My goal is to interpret, not to copy. By using every tool available I attempt to create an image that is intended to have strong visual and emotional impact on a viewer. I have learned from the previous generation of Americas best-painters (Millard Sheets, Vernon Nye, George Post, Rex Brandt and many others) that this is most often achieved by adherence to the academic guidelines formulated by hundreds of years of searching and experimentation. These are best distilled into a list of the elements and principles of design listed in any good text. I think particularly important to me is dominance, contrast, color and rhythm. A painting must be constructed from a scene, not copied from a scene, to create the most compelling works of art.

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