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I have loved and studied art in all forms for many years. Through out my journey, I have found that of all art I have seen, whether online, at museums, juried shows or any place else, paintings appeal to me the most. My favorite artist is Rafael Sanzio followed closely by Norman Rockwell. I know Rafael and I look nothing alike, but the clothes I wear in my profile image are a salute to the fifteenth century master. I actually attend my shows in this out fit.
Rafael has always appealed to me because of his liberal use of color. He was never reckless with color, but the mixes of color he created have never been seen before or since. Rafael started his apprentice ship at age 11. Even back in the fourteen hundreds that was considered extremely young to start. His self portrait always seemed to me to be of a man in search of something. I do not know if he ever liked the wonderful art he created, but I do know that he died at age 36. Imagine the art the world could never see because of his untimely parting.
Norman Rockwell was always a fun artist for me. Since I was a small child, I loved to tell stories. Norman Rockwell in my opinion is the best story teller of all time. His pure and charming images always make the viewer put themselves into the painting. Its peaceful demeanor always made me smile whenever I saw any of his works.
I would never try to compare myself to either of those incredible artists, but my inspiration on what I am trying to convey in my own works comes directly from them. I try to use colors in such a way that makes the viewer feel good. I always try and create something that can make the viewer smile. My goal in every painting I create is to make the viewer feel at peace, to put themselves in that setting and smile.