Michael Washer, art, oil paintings, figurative, composition

My Painting Style

I love the human body; its ability to express a feeling, a mood, a moment. The slightest turn of a neck or the play of shadow and light can tell a whole story. I work in oil; though I rarely work in oil by itself. I add paper, sand and other textures to heighten the paintings drama.

Commissions

There are 2 ways for artists to make a living: getting their work seen in art shows, conferences and events, and commissioned work. Commissioned work is art that is done to specifications: illustrating a dream, or a story or a thought; a portrait of a loved one, or, in my case a Scripture or Biblical concept. Contact me to see what I can come up with to make your thoughts come to life.

Michael Washer, art, oil paintings, figurative, composition, other media

I love the way other textures add to the effect of oil paint. I enjoy adding different papers and sand and tea and other additives to assist the effect. For instance, in the above piece "One Peaceful Moment" the adobe I saw on vacation in Albuquerque  called out for sand, giving it the earthy texture of the city itself.  In the above piece "Icarus-Evil-Dreams" about a painful time in my life, the entirety of the piece is formed and painted with different colors of clay and slip.

Michael Washer, art, oil paintings, figurative, composition

Though sometimes I just paint in Oil, no additives, no sand, no paper, allowing the shapes and the light source to create the best composition I can; using the human figure to  tell the story.

Michael Washer, art, oil paintings, figurative, composition
Michael Washer, art, oil paintings, figurative, composition, painting on steel

I enjoy experimenting with other media. I like painting on rusted steel and other backings, as well as the use of industrial paints.

Welcome

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