Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Great White Hunter

Today I finished the last painting of a portrait series I’ve been working on for six months. The nine mostly mixed-media pieces on masonite comprise a group of iconic figures that sprang from the imagination.

With no apparent antecedents in the world out here, they function more like emotional signposts – states of mind with which to become acquainted.

Working in a rapid wet on wet method with a palette knife gave me the opportunity to quickly capture fleeting images. I’ve just now reached the point of feeling comfortable with this gestural painting style – comfortable as I can be in a nine by nine inch format. Four by six foot canvasses lean against my studio wall, an all too obvious next challenge.

2 comments:

Mark Kerstetter said...

This fellow is stunning. He looks like he's composed of gem stones.

Denis Gaston said...

Thanks Mark,
I appreciate your kind words.
Yes, it would have been great to see you and Victoria.
We should plan on a visit when time permits. I would like more hours in the day.
Best,
Denis