I started painting in oils and acrylics around the age of twelve… I think it was…
I was enamored with the works of Vermeer, Rembrandt, and infatuated with how they worked with light and shadow. And with John William Waterhouse, N.C. Wyeth, among others, and their illustrative styles and how they could transport you away to another place. I went to art school. Enjoyed field trips to the hallowed halls of Society of Illustrators which were decorated with the works of fellow artists of days gone by.
Inspired, for a while I was a commercial illustrator too. But all that pretty much ended by quirk of fate when one day I swapped in a camera in lieu of a brush and went off to photograph a wedding.
Yet I promised myself someday I’d return to my first love of painting and illustrating.
I envisioned being old by that time, retired, all white haired and slowly walking with a cane, seeing myself painting at an easel on a bluff overlooking some breeze-blown lazy coastal scene in the summer. But that’s not what’s happened.
Instead, now I find I’m busily photographing portraits in my NYC studio – of children, families, engaged and married couples – and working in mixed media to heighten the visual and transcend into a more three-dimensional original work of art. In that way I’ve returned to the brush.
But I’ve brought more to my original vision. The moments I’m capturing now in my portraits aren’t coastal scenes but are little moments plucked from time. There’s a mood I help foster in the studio to achieve that. Whether it’s the spirit of a child’s expression, the connection between family that speaks of their bond, or a heartfelt instance resonating from deep within a sweetheart’s soul, it results in a more sensitive representation of the subjects which then speaks its story to whoever sees it.
And I’m immortalizing that moment so we can cherish it for all eternity, visually rendering it in a way unique and distinctive, unlike any other, as an heirloom piece more reminiscent of a classical painting, with an ineffable quality of texture and dimension.
It’s a lot of effort to craft a portrait piece this way but there’s no alternative if you want this caliber of fine work.
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