Juan H. Espino captures a “Slice of life” in rural America with its present day charm. Born in Mexico, he received a Law Degree and practiced law for twenty years.
Always interested in art and fascinated with Pennsylvania countryside he painted what he liked most, his surrounding colorful society and architecture, in a primitive or folk art style. His art chronicles Main Avenue, Hawley, Pennsylvania, as it appears today.
A Native of Pennsylvania, William Amptman studied at the Art Students League and The School of Visual Art in New York. He worked a variety of jobs, but primarily as a freelance commercial artist before making the transition to fine art. His drawings and paintings are in many private and corporate collections.
I began doing pencil drawings as preliminary studies for oils and, over time, the studies became more elaborate and finally evolved into independent works.
Each drawing begin with a number of compositional studies on site and then is developed in the studio. I return to the site any number of times during the drawing process.
Most of the drawings are realistic descriptions of a particular place; a few are composite and inventions. In my work, I feel most influenced by Edward Hopper, Richard Diebenkorn and Faifield Porter.
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Painting is something I truly love and must do. It is an exciting yet calming experience. It is important to me to push the limits, to try new ideas, and to enjoy the process.
I begin each painting with a loose charcoal sketch on canvas. Imagination is the source of ideas for my work. The style is impressionistic. I use acrylic, oil and burlap, usually on large canvas. Paint is applied with assorted palette knives, and a brush is used sparingly. Additional characteristics of my work include the use of thick paint, bold colors, and interesting subject matter. I create paintings to comprise a series with a common theme, demonstrating how experience with the same subject can build a strong collection. Others tell me that in an art show my paintings stand out as full of vitality and joy.
My greatest pleasures are to experience an evolution of creativity for others to enjoy and to begin the next piece.My art studio is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Please visit the "Galleries and Shows" tab to see where my art is showing, or contact me for a private showing.