Size: 24"W x 24"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
"A World of Contrasts", is an important work for me. Like the title, I worked on developing a world that shows many contrasting elements. Subtle blends of the sky and solid color of the rocks. Soft edges in the stylized clouds and hard edges of rock slabs. A quiet reflection pool next to rushing water, lifeless hard rock and living plant life. The rush of water and high energy flames against a stationary landscape. Creating visual depth with a small soft horizon in the background that contrasts with the sharp edge dynamic flames in the foreground. Finally, I used the lower right corner to turn the whole world upside down. The challenge was to marry these contrasts into a unified painting. The importance is the success of the final painting as a surreal world full of contrasts.
Oil on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. Edge are left unpainted and my be hung straight out of the box or framed.
Art and creativity has always been part of who I am, but I only really started to focus on painting full time at the age of 50, following a long and successful career in advertising. As an artist, I love working in many different styles and exploring a wide range of subject matters. The beauty of online galleries lies in their eclectic art collections, and without the pressure of brick and mortar galleries dictating what I paint, I am free to paint whatever inspires me. Painting for me is an experience of falling headlong into inspiration. An image I come across will stick in my head and refuse to leave until it finds its way onto the canvas. My work is visually diverse, and there are very few painting styles that don’t inspire me in someway or another. My paintings range from abstract and cubist, to impressionistic and realistic. Most recently, I’ve been inspired by quirky and retro TV shows to tell a story through my paintings. The lighting and cinematography of these shows inspire me to paint dramatic moments in time, and I create unique, intriguing characters that are open to interpretation.