Since this is a new outreach for me, let me introduce you to who I am as an artist. I am a studio oil painter working as a realist. Rarely do I plein air paint. Mostly I work at my Red Stone Farm Studio from digital reference images that I capture with my Olympus camera. I want to note that I do not copy from an image when I am painting, but use it solely for reference. I do not let the image dictate my use of value and color, but rather I manipulate these elements to best serve my composition.
Once I have an image, it is then viewed on my iMac 22” computer screen mounted on the wall at eye level right next to my easel. This allows me to view the image as though looking out a window. My studio is also where I teach classes in oil painting and color management. Occasionally I bring in noted artists to present workshops that will further the development of my students and friends. On Friday mornings I have a live model session for three hours to allow a small group of people to draw or paint from life.
Within the last two years, I have been a part of a critique group of skilled artists who see the advantage in having fresh eyes spot problems that they might not have seen on their own. We discuss product and exhibition opportunities. As you might have guessed, my whole life is now about developing my skills as a painter.
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