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Brian Schmidt

NOV - DEC 2023

Artist Statement

I like to create narratives in my art, with stories sometimes expanding across multiple pieces. Animals and sometimes fantastical critters are used as the main characters. Common themes I like to explore are nature, adventure, tranquility, and child-like joy.

My oil paintings start with a toned under painting, followed by painted line work outlining how I want to compose the piece.  After this base is allowed ample drying time, I begin painting in layers working my way from background elements to the foreground. With each subsequent layer the oil paints are mixed with walnut oil following the fat over lean principle.

I paint on rigid ACM canvas panels. These are backed with metal instead of wood, and as a result are resistant to stretching and warping versus other painting surfaces. 

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