"The Relic" is a painting of an actual historic pistol which was unearthed by a family member near an ancient Indian camp ground area about 4 miles from Woodland Washington. Only the stock has been imagined inside the brass surrounds. The gun is fully loaded and was buried in a "cocked" manner. Who knows the story of how it was separated from it's owner?
Still life can take on a multitude of genres, from Impressionistic to Tonalistic, from photo-realistic to tromp L’oeil. My works seems to fall into a class between realism and tromp L’oeil. As a youngster in my teens, my idol was the tromp L’oeil Master of the time, Michael William Harnett. A close second to Harnett was John Peto, one of Harnett’s contemporaries. .Harnett was known for his attempts to “fool the eye” with his work while Peto’s work was more in the realm of a moderate to loose realism. They each had merits, one over the other. Hopefully both of these artists show up in areas of my artwork. You can be the judge.
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