Le Louvre was displayed at the Salon D'Autumne in Paris, France. Everything in the painting seems to come out of the light, thus the light plays the main role in both physical and spiritual aspects.
American artist, Ph.D, working in European traditions, creator of Metaphysical and Philosophical Realism. Most known for his portraits and compositions. His works have been exhibited internationally.
Art Dept Interview
As the winner of your
category in the 2003 International Art Contest, being selected by such a
diverse group of artists from all around the world, how do you feel?
I feel great; this is a great honour to be
chosen by such a wide international audience.
Please describe your
current works and any plans for forthcoming exhibits.
Currently I am working on some
portrait commissions and I am exhibiting my most recent works in Chicago,
San Francisco, and Washington D.C. I’ve been fortunate to achieve some
success in creating my own style in the world of art, which is known as
Philosophical and Metaphysical Realism. The fundamental principle of this
style is light. Everything comes from the light and everything dissolves
into the light again. I try to carry this idea into my paintings, such as
Le Louvre, Roses, Serenity, and many other works.
I am planning on exhibiting my new work at the Salon D’Autumne this fall
in Paris, France.
If any, in what ways have
you seen changes in attitudes towards "art"?
Recently I have noticed an
increase of interest in realist painting. Hopefully art will again be
perceived as a serious human quest, rather then purely entertainment.
Do you think that the fine
artist will survive as technology replaces our skills?
Yes, I certainly think so. I
feel that technology aids the artist, not limits him. Contemporary tools
such as camera’s, computers, etc., if used properly can be of a great help
for the artist. But all those are only tools and without the deep
knowledge and skills all those tools will be worthless. So I don’t think
that technology can ever replace the human soul.
What advice could you give to those embarking
upon a career as an artist?
They should know that this is
a very long and difficult path, sometimes very painful and stressful. But
at the same time it can be a liberating, joyous, and enlightening
experience. They should also know that talent without hard work will never
flourish fully. I would say to those who choose art as their career to be
patient and dedicated.
Why did you enter this
contest and what decided your selection for entry?
I liked the idea of being
exposed on the Art Dept website, which has a good design and great
accessibility. Le Louvre was one of my most recent large-scale canvases,
it shows the most recent achievements in my style, and it has met great
Is there anything about
being an artist that you do not like?
Of course there are many
things. One of the most troubling aspects of being an artist is that
people often judge the artwork not based on quality but on the market, on
the brand, on the name. This kind of judgement leaves many great artists
unknown and it is greatly damaging to the artist and to the art, and to
humanity as a whole.
Would you sell your most
favourite artwork, or keep it?
My works are made to be seen
by other people. I would rather share my work with those who appreciate it
then to keep it for myself.
How important was education
and training to you?
Very important. It is
fundamental for artists to have a profound professional education. An
artist must know a lot of things to be able to express ideas and feelings.
If you were invited overseas to exhibit,
where would you like that to be?
I prefer to exhibit anywhere
where the conditions of the exhibition are most favourable.
Do you recommend use of the
Internet for an artist's publicity?
Yes, the internet is a
valuable tool. It is a great way to exhibit worldwide. In my case it gives
me great exposure. Many people daily visit my sites. The internet can
boost an artist’s career and give him valuable feedback from galleries,
dealers, and visitors.
How can the Internet be made better for working artists?
I think artists are just beginning to realize the value of the internet.
The internet is still somewhat young and there are still many
possibilities out there. I think working artists should take the advantage
of this resource as much as they can, it just might open new horizons and