Art has become my primary occupation since retirement
I am an old man who does not deserve to win this prize. However, if I do win I promise to never compete for funds or payment that takes away from younger professional painters.
Art has become my primary occupation since retirement. Everything I have painted I have given away. (Think of me as a loss leader in the art market. If my art works, potential clients might say, “I need to think about buying art.”)
I am a watercolor student in a class with 30 other talented seniors. I also do water miscible oils.
My challenge is to do enough art on a daily basis that I become proficient in making recipients delighted with my gifts.
What I need to master are composition, anatomy, faces, hands, tone, light, form and line. I think the Old Masters’ Academy is a cost effective route to doing all of this.
When I moved to Fredericksburg, Va., I was so moved by a trip to Belmont, home of the late Gary Melchers, that I painted the attached composite of his works. I also painted free portraits of some of the chemistry faculty at University of Mary Washington also attached.
Why vote for me? Good question. Perhaps having an old guy doing Old Masters and giving them away will make folks think about buying your art, which will naturally be more creative than mine.