May 16 - 17 , Site: 186
Alameda Art Works
1068 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126-3183
I began painting about 25 years ago. Largely self-taught, I failed at producing anything decent until I took a few classes at the Pacific Art League, and from Kathleen Dunphy. I quickly learned, too, that a lot of time spent in the studio learning to paint was both worthwhile and rewarding.
I am fascinated by the effects natural light has on the things we see in nature and at home, and what's required to transcribe those effects into paint.
In my earliest work, the realism of artists like David Leffel, Edward Hopper, and Caravaggio spoke to me. Now, my work is informed by my musings upon modern expressionists and post-impressionists - with their heightened use of tension due to a blend of realism with exaggerated colors, and abstracted forms and spaces (like Cezanne, Kandinsky, Diebenkorn, and Albala, to name just a few).