Allegory and symbolism in the paintings of the Dutch artists of the 16th and 17th century intrigue and inspire me. Their skillfully rendered Still Lives are able to hold the viewers attention, portraying exquisite beauty.
Learning these skills were almost forgotten in academia institutions of the last century, but there has been a growing interest in this genre of painting now making resurgence and I believe it to be a very exciting time for artists to delve more deeply into this area of study. Nothing excites me more than visiting the paintings in Amsterdam’s historic Antiques and art district where this traditional art practice still thrives.
Currently I am working on a series of Still life paintings including animals, insects and birds. I like to intermingle man made objects with nature, disrupting balance by painting items falling or floating around in space creating tension. I like to add the element of surprise, appealing to the viewer’s intellect and not having everything appear to the eye at once, making the viewer wanting to study the piece intrigued, finding more elements over time.