..."I believe artists must be true to their heart. They must paint what they know; what they feel."




Acrylics are especially suited for plein-air, French for "in the open air" painting.  Italian artists referred to open air, or painting on location, as alfresco. This practice, which allows the artist the unique ability to capture light and ambiance, is a creation of the impressionist painters. 


Because of the difficulty of working on location, my plein-air paintings are seldom  larger than 9x12.  If I use a plein-air painting for reference to do a larger studio painting, I refer to it as a study.

But all my plein-air paintings, studies notwithstanding, stand alone as works of art, and on occasion eclipse a larger painting.



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