Paula D Glaser
I remember looking through my children's adventure books and the family bible and being very impressed by the pictures and paintings that illustrated the story and the religious text. the illustrations in the stories, most of them by Wyeth as I learned later, and the old master paintings were treasures that it didn't seem possible to recreate.
They were their own existence and my first inspiration, though not the last.
I admire not only the illustrations of Wyeth and the classic painters but the use of color and light by the early impressionists and the work done in the early years of the 20th century by the Hudson River painters, particularly the latter, Their use of light and color make the the flat world of the canvas show great depth. They seem to shimmer with light and color as if they were living worlds. There is a realism that is beyond reality in these paintings.
I started drawing with graphite on paper and progressed first to charcoal and then to ink. From drawing I moved on to painting. My paintings are done on gessoed cardboard or paper with a few on canvas board. I used gessoed cardboard or paper for financial reasons but also for the texture of the materials. I work mostly in acrylic but have done a few paintings in watercolor, watercolor pencil or oil. The subjects range from fantasy to still life from life or photos and landscapes from photos or imagination. I have worked with models in classes and with very patient family members!
An artist has a vision of some thing, from life, from emotion, from imagination, from experience that they want to create. To be able to create a vision that speaks to someone is a small bit of immortality. My goal is to be able to speak to others in this way, to create what someone else can hear.