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Master of Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies


Contrary to the common definition of still life painting as a grouping of inanimate objects, I want my still life paintings to be full of life. I have always been intrigued by the numerous approaches and different mediums used by artists for still life arrangements. I want the objects I paint to appear three dimensional. I strive to effectively create the illusion of actual senses: smell, taste, and touch. To accomplish this, I carefully arrange objects in my composition so color, line, and form work to enhance a rhythmic flow. Contrasting warm and cool colors help add to this flow. My brush strokes turn with the curve of the objects to help create the illusion of depth and motion. This is what I call the Un-Still Life!


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June 2008