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Mary Clair

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

With current capabilities of digital technologies, as well as the technical excellence of realistic art in the past, some consider oil painting to be outdated or to have reached its limit. However, there is so much left to explore through painting. For example, most realist painting, even today, relies on tonal variations of a limited number of colors. However, the human eye is capable of observing much more complexity in color and color relationships. This theory was explored by the impressionists, as well as later artists who pushed the concepts even further, although often with the sacrifice of drawing or draftsmanship. I am interested in combining the two worlds of representational draftsmanship with color interpretation that more closely represents the way the human eye sees. While I enjoy exploring these concepts through still-life and landscape, I am particularly interested in them as they apply to figurative work and narrative painting.

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