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'My interest in painting began in my youth while living and traveling in Europe. I could gaze at a painting for as long as time would allow, wherever there were paintings or murals. The paintings that engaged me the most were especially those that would allow me to believe I was standing where the artist stood and I was the artist observing/painting the subject or scene. I started drawing and painting in high school. Thus, I decided I would take formal classes in college, with 'fine art' being one of my majors, and oil portraits being my emphasis.' Ralph
Many years later Ralph picked up his brushes again and is still primarily considered a serious and 'ever learning' portrait painter with a completely different perspective on life. His paintings are not a highbrowed event, but an ongoing application of techniques observed from old and current masters and an evolution of his own craft using the finest oil paints and materials. He paints exclusively in oils made with walnut oil which have been preferred by artists for centuries. To him, an effective painting is largely mastering the craft of painting by applying the best and right amount of color while achieving a visual stimulating composition.
Another portraitist correctly said: “Painting a portrait is not just painting a picture, it is the celebration of the person”. Thus, what he likes to set forth is an insight of the model's personality, a particular moment of mood, an expression or a special event in that individual's life. Furthermore, the objective is also to create an 'insight' that uplifts the observer and that the arts remind us how good life can be. We all need more of these 'uplifting' moments that bring greater joy and tranquility.
Ralph likes to point out that for him working through the whole process of a painting still can bring much contentment, but admitting that with each painting there can still be frustrations as well, as he tries to set the bar high for himself, so that each painting is a stretch with the objective that his current work is better that the last one.
Ralph and his wife, a native Floridian, met in Germany were he was stationed with the US Army after college. They have three children and love being grandparents.