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Artist Ernie Weerasinghe


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Biography


I am drawn to the landscapes of the San Joaquin Valley, to the foothills and the Sierra, to the lush farmlands,oaks and riverbeds. These surroundings show the hand of a loving Creator everywhere helping me to respond with joy- giving expression to my own creative voice.
 
BIOGRAPHYEarly education in art was at the Colombo Academy of Abraham Amarasekera R.A. in Ceylon. Later furthered art study at the College  of Sequoias and Fresno City and in the Nelson Shanks Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. Influenced by the colorful work of the California Impressionists including Edgar Payne and William Wendt. Also by the Post Impressionism of Paul Gauguin and the Russian artist Sergei Bongart. Works on landscapes plein aire and on figuratives in studio setting. Year round exhibitor at The Door Gallery in Fresno.GALLERIST'S say:
The Door Art Gallery in Fresno has been fortunate to have been able to show Ernie's work for several years. The art is strong, elegant and use of color is outstanding. While I love his choice of Valley subject matter , I am particularly impressed with his portrayals of the human figure which are exquisite ! I also love the way his work is ever changing and that he is not afraid to challenge himself.
- Chris Hays. Artistic Director.ART COLLECTORS say:" As a result of his exceptional talent, Weerasinghe is among the first regional artists chosen for Visalia's public art collection, the Visalia Visual Chronical.He was chosen for the juried show and then selected by not one but by two organizations that sponsored Weerasinghe works for this collection."
 
... a number of his pieces are based on real places in California while others express his memories of his childhood in Sri Lanka. As an impressionist, Ernie expresses enough detail to pull the viewer into the image while diffusing colors to blur the [...]

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