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A few words from the artist:
My drawing and painting has since the very beginning been motivated by an underlying love for my natural surroundings. There is no one way that I work, but rather I prefer choosing the best method and medium to express the idea that I have in mind. I have completed pastel paintings in the field and had the good judgment not to touch the piece after returning to the studio, and in contrast I am equally compelled to work out the complete development and execution of larger pieces solely within the confines of my studio. In the latter case there is always a good deal of planning of both the design elements and color sense that I feel is right for the piece.
I have a fascination with creating the illusion of depth in a painting; using the elements of linear perspective, varied color temperature, edges, and value adjustments to give the painting a feeling that atmosphere stands between the subject and the viewer.
I use many information gathering techniques including photography, sketches, and color notation taken in the field. Even if the information I collect never makes it into the final painting, it is my habit to do as much of this gathering of information as I can. On a cold winters night with the wind howling outside the studio, a good amount of inspiration can result from revisiting the little stashes of information previously collected.
While many artists wish to develop a formal and repeatable technique that is both successful and uniquely their own, and spend a good deal of time in pursuit of this end, I have to admit that much of the thrill and passion of the process for me comes from experimenting with different ways to get there. In the future I may find a way of painting that is most satisfying but at present I continue to explore techniques that lead me each time to a slightly different conclusion. In any event, the larger goal will remain the same; as one of depicting my surroundings in a way that is as beautiful as I can make it.
Bradford Sherman lives and
paints in Kittery, Maine. Principal teachers have been
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