I was recently asked by an art writer," why do you paint?" Frankly, I did not have a good answer. My initial impulse was to respond “I don’t know” or “why does it matter?” Instead I thought to myself, I should dare to delve the depths of my psyche and seek to uncover the source of my drive. Is it a desire and compulsion to create? A willingness to probe and push the boundaries of my spirit? An empirical need to know myself truly in the face of hardship and elation?
Exploring our nature as humans and transcendent spiritual beings leads us into realms of the undefined, compelling us to see what is on the other side.
Yes I thought, that is it. That is why I paint.
Either that, or I thought it would be a good way to pick up chicks.
The photo on the left is my daughter dressing up for "Movie Star day" at school. She went as Audrey Hepburn or Holly Golightly from "Breakfast at Tiffany's". The picture on the right is the portrait I painted inspired by her playing dress up. I think I will call these "Contemporary Glam Portraits." I love it...
Over the years I have ventured in to the realm of abstraction. I recently have a new vigor and desire to dive in and discover where this might go. 48"x48"
I actually finished this several months ago. Although she is already sold, I can have prints available on request.
I often get asked how long it takes me to paint a painting. Well this one is 46" x 66" and I spent 280 hours over 52 sittings creating it.
Here are several detail pics of a work I have in progress. The painting is of Mt. Shuksan from Picture lake. The painting is 46"x 66", oil on Belgian Linen.
I am 146 hours into the painting and I almost have the entire canvas covered. After that I begin the finishing touches. Let me know if you would like to commisison one as this painting is spoken for.
I have painted this entire painting with brushes no larger than this one seen here. I'm not trying to prove a point or anything it just worked out that way. The painting is roughly 4 ft. X 6 ft.
When I started the painting, I immediatly noticed that the details were going to be very important and abundant. No shortcuts this time around. It required me to slow down and work very deliberately, bringing each section almost to completion by the time I moved on to the next.