Painting Techniques

As my work matured, I eventually developed a technique. Technique is the characteristic appearance of an individual artist’s paintings which identifies them as the work of that artist. It has largely to do with the way the paint is applied (Sargent’s bravura brushwork for instance). Technique can be forced by the imposition of tricky paint applications but this approach has the unfortunate consequence of producing only short term attraction-power and for the viewer to look at the painting rather than into it. Then too, the adoption of the technique of another artist or that of a teacher is to be avoided due to the revelation of an undesirable lack of originality. The work of an artist should exhibit individuality but not call undue attention to the methods employed. The way to arrive at a technique is to have it evolve naturally as the artist develops.
Artists learn largely by imitation and my work and technique have been influenced by studying and sometimes copying the paintings of artists I admire. Artists such as, Frederick Waugh, Edward Seago, Fedor Zakharov, and Edgar Payne, to name but a few, but in my current work these influences have been subsumed and my technique is my own. I think it was Harley Brown who said that, ‘To paint like one artist is a kind of plagiarism but to paint like many artists is research.’

Zacharov Copy

COPY of a ZAKHAROV, unsigned and not for sale