Oranges Alla Prima: Oil on 11″ x 9″ Canvas Paper

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Primed canvas paper works great for painters who paint frequently, like me. I did this study using Strathmore Canvas Paper 200 series taped to a board with two coats of Gesso. Although it is not required, applying extra coats makes a difference.

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Persimmons and Radishes Study: Oil on 12″ x 9″ Cradled Panel

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Something that I have noticed in my development as an artist is the intentional brush stroke. While I don’t overthink what I’m doing, I try to remain aware of how each brush stroke will change the painting. I have always been interested in dancing and music. I play guitar, a little piano, and took ballet as a child. In some ways I have come to view each of my painting sessions as a dance across the canvas and each brush strokes as a footstep.

Allegory of the Cave: Oil Painting on 20″ x 20″ Canvas by VW


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One of my favorite reads, Plato’s Republic, ¬†contains an important dialogue between Socrates and Glaucon know as “The Allegory of the Cave,” which invokes the reader to question how he chooses to perceive the world. Although most of us would not like to associate ourselves with the people in the dark, as humans we constantly experience both scenarios in constant battle with our perceptions of the world around us. This painting is my interpretation of this conversation. I tried to portray different people and symbols within this piece, which may¬† be difficult to see. There is actually a person on the far right corner and one on the left. It is hard to capture everything perfectly on camera.