Creating a Digital Painting


When working in a medium that is not traditional, such as oil on canvas, it is important for collectors and gallery owners to understand how my art is created. I find that everyone understands the process of using software, photography and computers to create art but the big question is how do I produce the final product, and what exactly is it?  There are several misconceptions and falsehoods swirling around this new medium. The biggest misconception is that you do not have to be as skilled or talented to create art on a computer because the software does most of the work. I think the best way to debunk this thought is to explain that computers and software are just tools, like a brush or oil paints. These older tools allow the artist to express their vision and make compelling art. It takes a skilled vision and artistic talent using any tools to create an image that takes the viewer to a place they have never been.  In my opinion it does not matter what tools are used if the art is exciting and powerful.


I am a classically trained artist with advanced degrees in Fine Art. I used traditional tools for years to create my art. Choosing todays technology to express my artistic vision is a deliberate decision on my part. I felt that using the tools available now allows me to make a truer statement about today’s society. Every element I use in my pieces is drawn and created by hand I just use a tablet and stylus instead of pen and paper. Each composition can take up to 3 weeks to complete and it only resides on my hard drive. I find there is a huge trade-off working digitally vs. traditional methods. The biggest difference is when I complete a piece I am weeks from being finished. Now I must begin the quest to release the image from my computer and create a final representation of art that completely matches my vision, emotion and color sensibilities. Additionally, it must be archival and ready to withstand hundreds of years of viewing and handling.



Raw Bone - 2010

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