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I've been drawing since I was a child and took a few extra curricular art classes when I was in 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade at a couple different places. One of them was called Raindrops on Roses, and the other one was in Utica, New York, but I was too young to remeber the name of it, unless I saw it.
So by 7th grade I decided that I wasn't happy with the idea that professors could grade art and that they had to do certain things in class with structure behind what you were limited to. They basically consisted of construciton paper, paste, scissors that didn't cut, decopodge with just their idea's of what art was. I must admit the pencils were pretty nice, but those pencil sharpeners would burn a pencil down to practicly a nub. But I had a new love by this point, electronic & computers. Art started to take a back seat throughout the High School years, although I did draw from time to time on my own.
By my junior year at SUNY Plattsburgh I was wanting a change of major, but to what? There was a strong push from a few of my friends and alot of support from my family, but it was my father who ultimatly convinced me change my major to the Fine Arts. Drawing was all I knew, and I was already in school for two and a half years. Each concentration required so much work I need to quick a concentration quickly, so that's how I came into my major in the fine arts with a concentration in drawing.
My two major influences in drawing were my two college professors Rick Mickelson (introduction to drawing) and Peter Russom (drawing I, II, III, IV, V, & Outside Personal Study I, II, III). Rick refined my really rough style of photorealism and fine tuned it and I really took in alot from him. Peter on the other hand didn't teach me technique but pushed me to work outside of my norm. Primarily color, speed, and composition. Those three items were the things that I was missing in my pieces and was missing in all my work outside of the pencil. I started to apply these theories to sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and into painting.
Rick Mickelson, my introduction to drawing professor and the art department chair, also taught introduction to painting. I was really excited to be thrown into painting never touching a brush in my life. My professor really put alot of effort into me to squeeze alot of good work out of me. The final was a 2' x 3'-6" bust portrait of ourselves. He took each one of us to his personal studio where he had a camera and a backdrop in place. He took a couple pictures and back to the studio I went. I few days later he gave me an 8"x10" portrait to begin looking at. I began at it immediatey, I mean, who else knows my face better than me. I put so much effort into the face it began to be scary how amazing it was coming out. About 80% into the painting my painting was stolen from the painting studio. Damn, it was even today, my most favorite peice. I failed that class because I never showed up to the final, whoops, my bad. So I took it again my last year at Plattsburgh State and he allowed me to pick another portrait other than myself. So I choose Scott Baker. Which you can see under the Oil Painting section. I was quite proud of that one too and to date it's the most completed painting standing in around 90-95% complete. His ear and hair and possibily the shirt needs a bit more work.
All of my other works are on my own both in color management and compostion. They were when I moved to Chicago and was feeling artsy. I'm proud of what I've learned and excited about what I still have yet to learn. It's hard not being able to talk to anyone who knows anything about oil painting. I would like to meet someone who is into oil painting and can stand over my shoulder every so often and help me with colors. In oil painting each layer of color is translucent meaning that you can see the previous color through the stroke you just layed down. So it's hard to cover your mistakes but easy to make that mistake into an accent point. I just want to throw ideas back and forth with someone. Anyone know any oil painters in Chicago? Hook me up.
|Currently my camera is out of order, so until then, please accept this humble offering of my more favorite pieces. Bon' Appetite!|