Today, I would like to share how I envision and execute my hyperrealistic paintings, which take hundreds of hours to complete. Each work is a labour of love, starting with concept sketches that are refined over several years, before I actually get to the painting. I have found that this "slow art" philosophy allows me to familiarize myself with my subject matter in an intimate way, enabling me to produce compositions that I hope to be as thoughtful as they are highly rendered. So, without further ado, here is the process:
I. Concept Sketch
II. Gathering Reference Material
IV. Sketching onto the Birch Panel
V. Acrylic Underpainting
VI. Layers in Oil (Over 70% of the Work)
VII. Final Varnish
After 450 hours of meticulous planning and rendering, I sign it, then title it Creation Cathedral.
Creation Cathedral is a new painting from the series Vanitas and Viriditas, which debuted at Rehs Contemporary Gallery NYC from April 28 - May 26, 2023. For purchase inquiry, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.