I’m not super comfortable writing about myself or singing my praises, so I’ll try to get this over with quickly for both our sakes. I’m also not a huge fan of this "talking about the artist in the third person" thing, so I will not be doing that. That’s not how I want to communicate with you. I think I’m at my best when I’m trying to be as honest and truthful with people as possible, so I’m going to attempt to do that when writing about myself on here. I’m going to try to do that whether I’m writing about my day-to-day painting experiences or trying to tell you a bit about myself and my background as a painter. The latter of those two is, I guess, really the point of an about section, so I’ll get started on that.
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. I didn’t do much with art in high school because, as I’m sure you all know, American high schools and cutting art programs go together hand-in-hand. I didn’t start painting till I was in college, at the age of 19. I studied art in college, and while I didn’t go to a prestigious and well-known art school, I do feel like I received some good art instruction from my drawing and painting teachers. Between that, studying the works and writings of other artists, the occasional workshop or video tutorial, and fumbling around on my own, we’ve reached the boundaries of my artistic education thus far.
I am deeply inspired by the work of many of the bravura painters - painters like John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn and Joaquin Sarolla. These are artists who I feel have been able to capture the essence - the feeling of their subjects. Not in the way that a camera would, capturing every aspect of the picture in exacting detail, but selectively telling the story of the person, place or thing they are painting through their brushwork and the choices they made in the process of painting their pictures. When I see one of their paintings, it quite often seems less like a static moment cut cleanly from time, and more like a record of time spent with and observing their subject.
These artists are also well known for doing a lot of painting from life, and quite often outside the studio in nature. This is something that I've tried to pick up from them, and I try to paint outdoors and from life as much as possible. I don't know that I would label myself a "Plain Air Painter", as I very seldomly actually complete a painting on location or from life. I find that my paintings turn out best if I can start them on-site/from life, completing about 75% of the painting quickly with the actual information in front of me. But at a certain point, it becomes necessary for me to take the painting back into the studio and carefully, critically evaluate it. The last approximately 25% of the painting happens slowly, as I carefully think about the finishing strokes and tinker here and there with minor compositional elements.
With that, I'm going to end this about me section. I hope I've given you a bit of insight into myself, my inspirations, and perhaps the generalist overview of my working method.
Thanks for Reading,