My oil paintings are created in plein air and in the studio. On some occasions I use the plein air work to facilitate a larger studio piece. In choosing my subject, I look for interesting design of shapes and elements that reflect on our contemporary existence. To characterize my paintings would be to call them Events of the Everyday. It is in these seemingly mundane moments that I look for potential narratives that could be used to reflect my view of the world.
To strengthen my message, I meld the realist tradition with poetic interpretation, arriving at a new reality. My affinity with light is paramount in allowing me to give form to this reality and elevate my subject.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
I have been painting in oil for more than 20 years. My inspiration comes from many sources such as music, media, and books. Being a self-directed artist, my education has consisted of reading about and studying the work of artists I admire. The styles range from Richard Diebenkorn to Robert Bechtle. By far, the most influential has been Edward Hopper.
My award-winning work has been exhibited in many shows across the country and has been included in juried exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, Portland Museum of Art in Maine and at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland. In addition, I've taught several oil painting workshops and currently provide instructional painting videos on my YouTube channel, habowskistudio (see link on main page).