Real and Imagined

On Sunday, I had an open studio event. As an independent artist, I am always looking for ways to find and connect with an audience. About once a month I open up my studio doors along with other artists in my neighborhood for an organized art-walk. Usually, this happens on the first Friday of every month, but this month, we decided to do an additional event on the third Sunday.

In the course of five hours I saw about seventy people walk through the door to see my work. On display were seven works from my Kabbalah series, along with a commissioned work, four cityscapes and an arrangement of three instrumental works from my Interludes series.
As I had the opportunity to speak with several folks, I began to notice a trend with a certain question. “Is that some place in particular,” they would ask, “or is it from your imagination?” The question seemed to be sparked by the two paintings shown on the right. In both cases the scenes were of fictitious locations, but it made me realize I like to blur the line between reality and imagination, dabbling between what is and what could be. Employing broad visual cues in my compositions enables me to stir up feeling and emotion from the viewer’s experience. I would lessen my chances of achieving this if my paintings focused more on the exactitude of an acute perspective through details and precision.