I like to paint what I think is there, not just what I see. I sometimes use a photo as a source but find, after a short time, I’ve stopped referring to it; At this point, I have begun to put my impressions and feelings onto the canvas rather than details. As a child I loved to “finger paint” and I’m sure that child is still there in the loose expressive style seen in my work.
Favorite subjects are Figurative Work or Cityscapes. Sometimes, my cityscapes will drill down to city scenes, incorporating figures as well. I try to capture the “hustle and bustle’’ of urban life and moods of people in gestures.
Working primarily with acrylic and oil pigments, there is also frequent use of collage materials, mediums and marking pencils/crayons to develop texture and interest areas. I paint on paper that has been bonded to wood cradles or on Gallery Wrap Canvas. In both cases the edges are finished and all of my paintings are coated with archival varnish, ready to hang without a frame.
on a dark background. The first layers of paint create a dark background. Before the acrylic paint is dry an indication of the figure pose is brushed on using a red shade. After that I start wiping out the figure to define light and shadow. Last step is to add finishing touches to the subject.
This Oil and Cold Wax painting began with slathering on three seperate layers of paint to create body, texture and depth using scrapers and palette knives and mark making tools. The final layer (below) reveals the figure and more values.
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