REalistic paintings and representational paintings


My realistic paintings, or representational paintings, tend to be one and the same.  They are ones where I am either looking directly at a subject matter while I paint it, or paint it from memory, trying to capture a particular person, place or thing.  I am not as interested as some painters at capturing an exact image of something and more interested in getting the feel or mood of what I am painting. I end up getting the style of my work by exaggerating the color, making the scene be more idealistic and in general, kind of looking at something specific but also drawing from all the thousands of paintings I have painted and all the experience I have. I rarely worry about whether it looks a certain way, I just know I am finished when it looks right to me.  I love to paint realistic paintings but my own tastes have always gravitated to the painterly versus the slick and finished. So my work is much more on the painterly end.  I am an all-in kind of person, so it makes sense that my artwork is as saturated as it is with color and as direct in its approach. I don’t think any artist who has let themselves become their work has much control over how their paintings look, and instead I think you paint a long time and then the paintings suddenly look like your style. I get asked why my colors are as vivid as they are, and I wish I had a good answer for that, but I think it just is me. I can't paint any other way and so I don't.