I paint ordinary people, doing everyday things, at interesting places
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I see myself as kind of an old soul and a romantic at heart. The subjects I choose to paint have some sort of nostalgic calling - ordinary people doing everyday things at interesting places. Often the result is a moving painting reflecting the human comedy.
I treat each painting as a scene on a stage. The people are the actors. I position them to capture an easy to understand, usually happy, often emotional event. The interpretation of the scene through brushwork and a creative palette, results in strongly edited realistic images of the world reflecting life's interactions.
Each painting begins with a careful study of it's composition. Then, through a evolutionary process, often with moments of spontaneity, the painting emerges from the canvas.
Through the years I have been influenced by the work of the American and European Impressionists, and more recently by Hopper, Biberman, Ginsburg, Arsenault, and Andrew Wyeth, each with their compelling sense of mood, time, and place that describe moments of shared human experience.
You, the viewer, are encouraged to engage your own unique thoughts, dreams, feelings, and experiences to complete the pictures in new and unexpected ways.
Most paintings are derived from combinations of multiple photographic images I have taken in the USA, Europe, or Mexico.
I pull together parts of various images to create a story. Using my years of experience painting en plein air and with models in a studio setting, I am able to capture a pleasing composition, appropriate form, and subtly usually not seen in a photograph. For more information on these processes, see: "On Developing A Painting."
In 2015, for reasons of health and aging, I retired from being a professional artist. In the spring of that year, we decided to downsize and moved to a smaller house a few miles from our old home of many years. In this process I sold, donated, or gave away some 200 paintings, keeping a small collection favorite paintings for the walls of our new home.
Peter Worsley - fine artist painter.
Updated: Febuary 2016