What inspired your winning entry? It was spring, and the aspen tree outside our home had just come back to life. I wanted to make a painting that expressed the color and freshness of that time of year. I had just finished a smaller painting with a glass bottle and a clementine after having taken a break from still life. The rich colors and bright highlights of the glass inspired me to do another painting but one that was more complex and refined. I gathered a few glass objects of different colors and began arranging them. I used the aspen branch to offset the stiffness of the glass and add some life to the setup. The orange gives the painting a punch of bright, warm color to contrast against the blues and purples. I think it visually describes the changing of the seasons, when warmth and life grow out of the cold.
How would you describe your style? Contemporary realism.
What artists, living or deceased, have influenced your work? When I start a new painting, I always look to other artists who have painted the same subject to see how they approached a particular problem. I do tend to look more at contemporary artists than old masters.
What is the best advice you have ever received? Always paint what you enjoy because that will come through in the finished work.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be? I love interior design, so probably something with decorating and arranging homes. It’s like arranging a still life on a grander scale.
When you are not painting, what do you enjoy doing? I love being out in nature. I spend as much time as possible outside when I’m not working in my studio.
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