Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fantasy landscapes of the Northwest

Several years ago, I began working on a series of paintings that I call "Fantasy Landscapes". This is the first of the series called "The journey home". 
 My biggest influences for these paintings are: Maxfield Parrish, Hudson River School painters and Evyind Earle. All of these artist focus on light and shadow, color and a fantasy element. Evyind Earle stylizes the shapes and perspective to a point of abstraction. Maxfield Parrish has a breathtaking breakdown of light and shadow. The Hudson river school painters like Bierstadt and Church have a beautiful play of atmospheric light which is this haze of color that makes the painting glow. I've been fortunate to have seen a lot of original paintings by all of these artists.

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