Size: 11"W x 14"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
I find inspiration in the passionate poses and gestures of Flamenco dancers. It's a great subject to paint.
In this painting, while not as expressionistic as I usually prefer to go, I made an attempt to capture the feeling behind the pose. The background was made to be more minimal, putting the focus on the figure. Warm reds and oranges on the foreground, balance nicely with the cool hues in the background.
This original is painted in oil on 11X14 wood panel that's 1/2 inch thick. Keyhole on back of panel allows painting to be hung as is, sung to the wall. Sides of panel have been painted black. A double coat of varnish has been applied over entire piece for extra protection, producing a lush gloss finish.
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A native of Savannah Ga, David Ussery discovered his passion for art and drawing at an early age. While his grades floundered throughout his grade school years, the back of his test sheets were often converted into random doodles. Often the target of flying chalkboard erasers in a vain attempt by nuns to make him pay attention in class, David was far more interested in creative pursuits. David would spend the rest of his teen years producing commissioned art for local business and clients in his hometown. Although having no formal institutional training, David did receive first hand lessons from local professional artist in his hometown, and has studied extensively the concepts from artist such as Sergei Bongart. In the 90s David moved to Orlando Fl to pursue a nutty childhood dream of becoming a Disney animator. Unfortunately not long after settling in Orlando, Disney permanently closed the Florida wing of their animation studio. To pay his bills and contemplate a plan B, David then took up a job working back of the house at a local resort restaurant. Late one night as he was departing work, he saw a guy sitting in the lobby at a concession stand sketching portraits. As David stood there in his company smock smelling of lard and covered in grease, he said to himself "I can do that. I think I would rather do that." To make a short story shorter, David then got a job as a sketch artist. Over the following summer he literally drew hundreds, if not thousands of tourist from all over the world, including a few celebrities here and there. It was then during this period that David rekindled his passion for fine art and painting. Since then David has made his living as an independent artist. Through original art sells, private commissions, solo exhibitions and as an independent contractor for the Disney corporation. He draws inspiration from the masters like Van Gogh, Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Renoir and Picasso. However most of his inspiration comes directly from his own personal life experiences and observation. Evoking emotion, while at the same time, leaving the viewer something to ponder. To him that's when art is really doing something, the mixture of emotion and mystery. Favorite quotes : "Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” ~ Pablo Picasso "Find what you love and let it kill you." ~Charles Bukowski "A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others." ~ Salvador Dali "Without Deviation from the norm, Progress is not possible." ~ Frank Zappa "Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk!", "woob-woob-woob!", "soitenly!" ~ Curly Howard of the Three Stooges