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Hometown

15.50"W x 9.50"H x 0.0"D

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Matthew James

NORTH BEND, OR

Medium: Drawing

Subject Tags: city, acrylic, charcoal, town, home, houses, pencil, drawing

Media: graphite, charcoal on paper

Size: 15.5"W x 9.5"H x 0.01"D

Year Created: 2005

Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell, Andrew Wyeth. I saw it all in this composition.

My love for this piece comes from the fact that this could be where you grew up in upstate Maine, a small town in Indiana, maybe in a small suburb of Atlanta, or somewhere in Northern California. It's universality is why I will never reveal where these houses really are.

Hello There! Introductions are always a little awkward, aren't they? You're always wondering if you're striking just the right note, putting your best foot forward, making sure you hit all the relevant points. Sooner or later you just throw whatever you can and hope that something sticks. In short, I've always been endlessly fascinated with the Americana of LIFE Magazine of the 40's and 50's - I've always been amazed by the ability they had to encapsulate an entire narrative by being in the right place at the right time. In turn, they recall the best principles of Impressionism and Japanese lithography before it: that you're seeing a moment that wasn't the same a second ago and won't be the same one second from then, subjects coming in and out of frame. Moments, which is just what life it made of. I'm a SCAD Graduate in Production Design, which doesn't amount to much considering that our country was in chaos at the time. Competition for jobs around the time the stock market dove 5000 points increased, jobs that might have had 5 candidates before ended up having 500. Poor and having to work, I couldn't keep up with the kids who had time to pump of their extracurricular activities. Oh well, neither here nor there. One sometimes has to manufacture their own opportunities instead of waiting for them to come along.

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