I will be giving a presentation at the Elmhurst Artists Guild on October 19, at 7pm. I plan to discuss how I began working in my current imaginative realist style by combining traditional portrait and figurative painting with other interests like sculpting and woodworking. I’ll show some of my earlier pieces, illustration and airbrush work, and talk about how bringing all of these various pursuits together resulted in an entirely new body of work. I’ll follow up the presentation with a quick demo of my acrylic painting technique.
I’m also planning to have one of my latest pieces, “The Conqueror” on exhibit during this time as part of the fall EAG members show which will run from October 24-November 3.
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Looking forward to the evening should be a lot of fun!
31.5x24” (37.38x31.5” framed) acrylic on panel, artist created wood frame with faux leather side trim panels.
Most of my work has a story to relate, although I don’t veer into the political realm all that often. But, like so many people, the current political climate has me spending a lot of time considering the current state of the world and so I suppose it was only a matter of time before that concern overflowed into my painting. And so this piece has emerged. It’s a commentary, in broad terms, about the “takers” of the world and the what is left in their wake. There are all kinds of symbols and allusions here for the viewer to ruminate over and I hope the painting spurs many conversations.
I custom built the frame for this piece as well. It has a kind of Empire style to it, appropriately enough, reinforced by the faux leather panels running along the frame’s vertical rails.
I plan to show “The Conqueror” at the next Elmhurst Artist Guild show at The Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst IL, and the painting will be available to view when I make a presentation to the guild on October 19. There will also be an opening reception for the show, details will be posted here and on my social media accounts.