vincent van gogh / red vineyards / oil on canvas

Proported to be the only image Van Gogh ever sold.

I love Vincent Van Gogh's work. Very personal and emotional use of color. He is probably the biggest influence on my early impressionistic / realistic painting style. You can always see his brush strokes. He doesn't try to hide them.

I don't consider myself a realist painter because I don't have the patience to draw photographically. If I want a photographic look, I will take a photo. My paintings tend to be colorful and distorted in different ways. They are not exact copies of reality... and I like them that way.

 

Here is a link to see more about Vincent Van Gogh...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh

 

Andy Worhal images

 

I was working in NYC in the West Village at Macmillian publishing Company. Andy's Factory Studio was only about 7 blocks away. It was near the end of my first career which was in book publishing. It was an exciting time to be in New York. The museums were full of abstract expressionist artists and Andy was starting the Pop Art movement about 10 years earlier. The 1960's and 1970's were exciting times and pivotal years to the second half of the 20th century in the United States. Andy's painting and photography was colorful, original and had more of an influence on my painting than my photography.

Read more about Andy Worhal at the following link...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Warhol

 

David Hockney painting a mural...

 

I first discovered David Hockney in an exhibit in NYC when I was random walking to galleries up near 59th street. His photography was stunning and his image of the Brooklyn Bridge made up of probably 200 small photos was an amazing feat coming before the digital age. Later I found his painting. I very much liked his bold colors like the German expressionists before him and the fauves in Paris.

Read more about David Hockney at the following link...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hockney