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Stephen S. Martin / Painting/Drawing / Stinson Beach
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Drawing and Painting
This summer marks the 6th year of my journey in drawing and painting. From the beginning I have wanted to paint in the classic style of the great Impressionists and portratists. I am inspired by many great painters such as Claude Monet, Joaquin Sorolla, Paul Cadmus, Van Gogh, John Singer Sargent, J.M.W. Turner, Thomas Hart Benton. I have been influenced by the American and Northern California Plein Aire movement and the work of my artist friends: Douglas Schmidt, Tamae Agnoli (and the DieHard Landscape girls) and all my teachers and student pals at the San Francisco Art Institute and UC Berkeley Extension.
I paint what I know and like - landscapes and portraits. I have worked in acrylic, watercolor, pastel, gouache, and oil. My current works are oil paintings I paint from real life and photographs. Plein air painting is teaching me to work quickly since the light changes so fast.
For me this journey is about the simultaneous development of my technical skills and an impressionist vision.....hopefully they come together sometimes in a good painting.
Waving Man, Oil on Canvas 14x18, 2009
Fog Over Panoramic Highway, Oil on Canvas 11x14, 2008