Artist Joseph McFadden

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://www.fromreallife.com

  • Year Born: N/A

  • Price Range: $200.00 - $2,250.00
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I credit my parents for my devotion to painting. My mother, Sarah, introduced me to the application of oil paint. She was a colorist for a portrait photography studio in the early 1960’s. My father, Robert, a portrait photographer.
At an early age, I apprenticed with Sarah at the kitchen table. I would apply the background color on family portraits with wads of cotton dampened with turpentine. I suspect that’s why I love the smell of turpentine. She would finish the subjects. Families, children, pets. Through this experience, I learned to approach painting as important work.  As much a discipline, as it is a creative expression.

I’ve painted still lifes, portraits, wildlife, and landscapes. Most recently, California landscapes from real life -- plein air. Influences include several contemporary masters -- Scott Christensen, Debra Huse, Mian Situ, Nancy Seamons Crookston, Gregory Manchess, Thomas Buechner. My favorite book -- ‘How I Paint’, by Thomas Buechner, a masterpiece of writing. A great read for painters and non-painters alike.
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