Dan Wilson

Peaceful reflections – 8×10, Oil – $900

Artist Statement:

“My main purpose as an artist used to be all about mastering the disciplines of painting. Shapes, values, edges and colors all had to be perfect. It wasn’t so much about the subject matter or the message, it was 100% technical. Don’t get me wrong I am very grateful for all the necessary technical training and all my mentors that have pushed me to strive for excellence and perfection in those areas, but I was missing something crucial in my art. A number of years ago a woman came to talk with me about a painting that she had recently purchased, this painting happened to be a very thoughtful, expressive piece (to be honest one of my first). As she started talking about this painting in her home she started to cry as she was explaining how that piece uplifted her family and the overall feeling in that room. And then the light bulb went off like it has never before. I knew from that point on that I only wanted to paint images that would speak to and uplift the viewer, pieces that would remind them of the beauties of life, the reasons for living and loving existence. Vibrant colors and brush strokes working together with the disciplines of art to create beauty and emotion you can’t achieve in any other way. Although I still strive for excellence in the technical, the constant questions running through my mind as I paint are now: What do I want to say? What tools can I use to convey my message? How can I uplift? It is all about the feeling, the mood and the WHY of the painting!”

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