When artists view the world, I believe that we see the brightest colors even more vividly and the darkest places even more disturbing. We see beauty in simple things that most may feel are unworthy of a glance; and sometimes we see ugliness in those things deemed most beautiful. We render images from both reality and our imaginations, trying to capture these moments of clarity onto canvas, with the hope of one day sharing them with the world.
Most of all we are observers of the utmost degree. I often think of Edward Hopper’s intimate paintings, capturing private moments in people’s homes, on their front porches, and in their bedrooms. While his voyeurism could be viewed as invasive, ultimately people are fascinated by his paintings. After all, the most alluring and captivating moments in our lives always end up being tied to our connection with each other.
When I seek out inspiration for my paintings, I’m often moved by the places I visit, and the people whom I might connect with along the way. Currently I’m painting a seascape of Cannon Beach from one of my most recent travels. As I paint, I can smell the salt in the air and I can feel the cold rain on my face from that day. I can recall all of the sweet moments of my adventures on that trip. I hope that when others see my final artwork, that they too might feel the cold rain on their face and smell the salt in the air. I think that often art is meant to take us away from the mundane in our lives, if only for a brief moment.
So the next time you look at a piece of art, I encourage you to really look at it. See what the artist saw, feel what the artist felt, and I’d like to think that you may walk away with a deeper appreciation of life and all of the crazy, strange, sad, stupid, wonderful, intimate moments that happen to us and all around us every day.
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