Arney Run | Paintings

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Dimensions:36"  x 24"  x 1"
Weight:5 lbs
Delivery Format:2D Artwork
Additional Description:This painting was a regional finalist in one of the Bombay Sapphire competitions, where it was exhibited at the Mason Murer Gallery in Atlanta, GA. The three girls were friends of mine whom I watched growing up. They are known for being fun loving young ladies, and I wanted to capture their playfulness and body language as they balanced themselves on rocks across Arney Run, a creek outside of Lancaster, where I live.
The three girls are sisters, and they are fun to be around. I have known them since they were babies, and was sad that they were growing up and soon to leave my known world in Lancaster. So I asked for permission to take a series of photos for reference, and commenced painting them. I liked being able to represent them realistically, and painting the water with both impressionist and expressionist techniques. This painting was a breakthrough for me, as I had been doing abstraction for 40 years.
Artist StatementSince 1973 I was using figurative motion as a catalyst for making art. In 2008, I intentionally changed my frame of reference from abstraction to realism, moving my attention away from the earlier figurative abstraction to the painting the figure in nature. I am currently interested in realistic figures, natural light, water, and my present surroundings. I am using ex-students (I taught high school art the past 11 years) as models and painting from my photographic references. After 40+ years of losing the figure in abstraction and cultural iconography, I wanted to rediscover the figure by placing it in the natural abstractions I find in nature. I also wanted to reinforce a real feeling of identity – these are paintings of people I know and care about, instead of unidentified dancers and athletes.
Artist BiographyBorn in 1952 in Chicago, I have been making art my entire life. I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1976 (BFA, Painting). I worked as the senior art director for a graphic design firm in Columbus for 23 years. In 2006 I switched gears and became a high school art teacher. I retired in 2017, and continue to live in Lancaster Ohio with my wife Laura and two beloved Goldens, Sadie and Walter.
Rhode Island School of Design|Graduated
The Ohio State University|Graduated
What I Love Doing
I like to travel and read in my spare time, and play with my doggos.
What I Find Beautiful
I find nature both refreshing and mysterious. I think the human figure is a joy to behold and work from. A smiling face is a joy forever.
My Favorite Memory
One early spring, my wife and I traveled to London, and went downstream to Greenwich. As we climbed up the hill to the National Observatory, thousands of wild daffodils came into view, as far as my eye could see. It was an exhilarating and intensely visual experience, and I have never forgotten it.
My Favorite Art Style
My favorite artists run the gamut, from Manet and Courbet, to DeKooning and Lucien Freud. I love Brice Marden's work as well as Tiepolo's and John Singer Sargent. I like abstraction based on the human figure, I love realism with an expressive brush, and I especially like learning the story behind the painting.
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Artwork Medium Oil
Artwork Underlying Themes Change, Growing Up, Life - coming of age, Love for a - friend, Nature - as beauty
Creative Style Figurative , Impressionism, Realism
Collections Summer Stories
Recipient No
Personality Type No
Subject Matter Childhood, Nature, People, Water