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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is a painting of Venice.  It gives the impression of depth — the viewer could go right into the painting.  This is done with linear and atmospheric perspective.  In the linear the water is wider at the bottom of the picture and gets narrower as it goes back.  Atmospheric is demonstrated by the boat in the front being bigger than the ones further back.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis painting is in reference to Luke 18:16 — “But Jesus called them unto him and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”  After nineteen days on life support where I nearly died twice, then several months of recovery, I was amazed my life was spared.  I felt I owed it to God to use my art talent to share my feelings about religion.  This is one I recently painted.  I hope to do more.

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The pianist is Garrett Tapia. He is enthusiastic with everything he does. He especially enjoys playing the piano. I’ve attempted to portray the emotion he has when he performs. When I’m painting, I’m feeling those same emotions as I slap the paint on the canvas.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn any major city in the world young adults can be seen talking to their friends.  They’re not interested in looking or acting like parents or other authority figures.  They just want to be themselves.  This painting is a reminiscence of experiences I’ve had while visiting Europe.  I love to watch people, and the young ones were especially interesting.

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I’m really  intrigued by gesture.  The two people read their newspapers while relaxing.  The man holds the paper up to his left while crossing his leg and holding it with his right hand.  The girl is slouching down in the seat while she reads.  The painting portrays them as if they’re under a skylight.  This is done with the light carpet and highlights on clothes.  The background is darker.  The contrast between dark and light create a dramatic image and the subjects are emphasized.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is my annual portrait of my wife, Norene.  I’ve been a member of a national portrait society for a few years.  I’ve attended their conventions.  Each year I look at their award winners.  I’ve gotten quite turned off by them because they look exactly like photographs.  I think there are  a lot of beautiful photo portraits, but I feel a painted portrait should look like paint.  There is a beauty in an oil painting that a photo doesn’t have.  It’s like spoken word versus singing.  The painting is the singing version.  I prefer painted portraits.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve always liked walking along the ocean.  I enjoy the sound of the seagulls and the crash of the waves.  Sometimes the sunlight reflects in lots of places creating a shimmering effect.  This painting portrays a family enjoying themselves along the shore.