My great journey into art began when I was only 5 years old. I realized that I could draw from memory and from what I could see. I was hooked. From there on winning several school art shows just fueled my desire to learn more. Working in black and white through those years gave me a great understanding of values. Later on into my twenties I started exploring color. With an ability that was desired, I was fortunate enough to make a living doing commercial advertising for local businesses as well as automotive art. How ever this was not satisfying my craving for fine art...The ability of portraying thoughtful beauty. I wanted to learn why things intrigued my eyes so much and how to interpret that information to my viewer.I found my answer in studying the artwork of masters like Rembrandt,Velazquez and David Leffel . I am self taught in the manner in which I have never attended an art school, but I feel that I have done a great deal of learning from many great artist of the past, present,and to continue in the future. My goals are to show respect to all the things we take for granted everyday and to freeze it in an everlasting, thoughtful way. I want the viewer see why I took time to paint and appreciate the beauty of a subject. I also will continue to grow in knowledge toward my art, for this is my true joy......Knowledge.
I was on location a few days back doin this plein air sketch of a duck pond at a local park..
The idea I had was too capture this back light scene and show the light flowing over and through the land and water.. The ducks loved my time with them and where not shy, coming over to view my progress..So they begged to be in the scene....
Anyway the studio version was done with a few glazes too show the soft light set the glow across the painting. In this painting I tryed a new and historic medium called amber varnish..http://www.ambervarnish.com/ Playin around with this medium for a couple days before the painting process, I found that it gave me more control. I could manipulate the paint however I wanted with it. It was different from the maroger that I was used too, but safer and better for the life of the painting. To help me make the transition I called Donald c. Fels owner and developer of amber varnish ...He was a great help and a joy to talk too..I thank him alot