wrylycoyote

Tacoma, United States

There is nothing I won’t try creatively. I love historic architecture and landscape. Although my work is mostly naturalistic, there’s...

Born Sep. 13, 1945, St. Paul, MN. B.A.in Art History, Language Studies, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.My older brother was a talented artist, and I emulated him from childhood. Along the way I discovered I had a little talent too, but wasn’t serious about it. In 1976 I had the opportunity to study medieval & renaissance art in France & Italy. Over there everything I saw was fine craftsmanship, old and new. I was inspired, and I got serious. My early stuff was just awful, but I kept at it. I studied how-to books and drew and painted all the time. I have no formal training, except for calligraphy. I was blessed to take a class from Tim Girvin, now an internationally known art designer..Other than my brother, my biggest inspiration came from J.R.R. Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS. My passion for old maps, calligraphy, and language all comes from that. As for language, that seed was sown early as my father read to me from Dr. Seuss. There is nothing I won’t try creatively. I love historic architecture and landscape. Although my work is mostly naturalistic, there’s always a strongly abstract quality to it. My radar is always tuned for interesting patterns and contrasts.I’ve always encouraged others to develop their creative side. It puts you in touch with the greater reality, and therefore is good for you. Whether or not you make any money from it is another thing entirely. If you are considering a career in fine arts, you’ll be much better off with an MBA than an art degree. It’s an unfortunate fact that marketing is far more important than talent. IF you are cursed, as I am, with a deep passion for your art, then you have no choice. Even if you have to get a grunt job to pay the bills, you have to keep on with the art. You have my sincere admiration and sympathy.Artists who helped shape my visual sense are Claude Monet, J.M.W. Turner (only the watercolors), Piero della Francesca, Albrecht Durer, and Vincent van Gogh. American artists who influence me are Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Richard Diebenkorn, John Singer Sargent, and Larry Rivers.
  • Joined: October 2011
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