Through the act of painting I wish to accomplish two objectives; one is to interpret my surroundings and the second is to illuminate momentary thoughts, moods, and feelings. I want the images of my art to reflect visual connotations of culture and heritage through landscape and still-life oil based paintings.
In implementing a creative project, I work to produce several studies of each subject. With each painting, I take into consideration the content, color, and composition while working to explore a variety of different and yet, subtle creative perspectives. I will work on as many as three different paintings of one selected subject. This is especially apparent in the still-life paintings, which incorporates objects such as an iron skillet, old shoes, fish, wood, & teapots, to reflect envisioned ideas.
The tonka based images started as demos for my introductory painting courses. These still-life images are used to present various problem solving solutions to oil based compositions. After observing several of these paintings together, I decided to produce a series of paintings based on tonkas. The most positive element of these works, is the opportunity to demonstrate to my students how a painting can evolve from a still-life image, to a drawing compose composition, to color studies, to the creative process of building a finished work of art, and the transition of art to public presentation and observation. My students find it exciting to monitor the movement of these paintings to various local, state, and national exhibitions.
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