Ironically, growing up, each time I expressed interest and curiosity in trying it, my most influential mentor discouraged me. They expressed how impractical it was â€“ smelly, messy, long dry time, burdensome canvas stretching, and so on. However, my curiosity over many years never faltered. After taking the â€śpractical routeâ€ť in life and finally earning my BA in Economics and my MBA - with studying behind me - I went and bought oil paints. My very own, for the very first time. Iâ€™ve been focusing my artistic endeavors on oil painting ever since. I hate to admit it - but that was over 25 years ago now.
Throughout my life, Iâ€™ve noticed that I love capturing views from our everyday world â€“ the same places people see on a daily basis, but they donâ€™t truly see. Iâ€™m attracted to subjects for their history, irony, isolation and/or beauty, all reminding me of who we are, where weâ€™ve been and where we may be going. It may be a repurposed building, an abandoned site, or a nostalgic movie theater. My paintings of these people, places and things usually have at least one thing in common in that they are accomplished with emphasis on sunlight and shadows, using vibrant complementary colors and shapes.
In summary, I cannot explain it, but I have always mysteriously been drawn to both oils and capturing those images that grab me, with a yearning to share my vision with others of those things they see every day, but donâ€™t truly see.
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