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I do hope that my work will be reflect positively the best of those artists which have inspired me since childhood dreams of becoming an artist, while at the same time displaying a distinctive and compelling style of it's own. That my works will reveal the essence and underlying substance of nature and the subjects which move me, and not simply mirror the obvious and the superficial. My Mentors are the American Impressionists, particularly J. S. Sargent, and also the Illustrators from the Golden Age of American Illustration such as Pyle, Cornwell, Wyeth, and Christie, plus many many more.
If I even get close to their level of skill I will be happy, and pusuit of that goal gets me happily into the sudio every single day!
To me, every painting contains riddles to solve in a labyrinth of "what ifs". Often, mistakes and wrong turns will lead me unltimately to the right destination if I remain open to the possibilities they may reveal. I have learned to trust intuition over intellect in reading a subject, and in evaluating a painting's progress, as it is the most unerring of mentors.
As a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America my commitment to my art, and to my collectors, is to produce the most compelling and distinctive of representational works available in this period.
My work has evolved stylisticaly as my observations of nature have evolved, particularly in my interest in conveying the natural forces which underlie and define all that we see. As such, I try then to portray a sense of movement in my work to describe the fluid nature of all that is around us; edges melting into edges substance into substance, harmonies, and sparks which result as things come close to fusion.
Christopher Queen Galleries, Duncans Mills, CA.
The Garden Gallery, Half Moon Bay, CA.
A few of my Personal Observations on the Art of Painting: (c) F M Wood 2013 The final touch in completing a painting is the most difficult one, because there are often so many of them!
I have found that in the first day of painting, no matter how carefully I study the subject, I will always misjudge colors, values, proportions, and relationships. Then somehow, by the third day, my vision begins to clear, and almost magically I begin to see all that I had missed previously. Therefore, I have now adopted the policy of starting a painting only on the third day! Sometimes its painting, and then sometimes its PAINting! A good painting is choreographed chaos, a bad one is just chaos.!
Fredric Michael Wood
b.) San Francisco, Ca. 1944
In short, I have been a professional artist for the past 30 years. In that time I have paticipated in numerous national and regional exhibitions, and have been fortunate to have garnered a few awards along the way. The painting pictured here titled "Offshore Breeze" was selected for the 2002 cover of Southwest Art.
My passion for painting came about while my family was stationed in France in the mid 50's. I discovered European art there and was drawn to it and captivated by it into my college years when art became more expressive and less defined formally. Because of my early exposure to the classic and the romantic artists of earlier times, and later the imressionists, particularly the American Impressionists, I resolved to continue my explorations of the traditional techniques and images which had inspired me.
While in my last year of college at San Jose State University a museum director saw some of my work and to my suprise, I was priviledged to show at the Triton Museum of art located in Downtown San Jose Ca. I decided to drop out of college and pursue my dream of being an artist!
I had no idea then that I wasn't even close to being ready to join that society which intriqued me so, but I guess ignorance truly is bliss, and determination to learn and succeed got me thru the hard lessons ahead, which will always lie ahead, for learning to see, I realize, is a lifelong pursuit! I also realize that there will always be something remaining unseen, that I will always be partially blind, that something mysterious which will always elude, one revelation revealing only another veil, this one, perhaps, conceling the artist's Arc of the Covenent! Maybe I should call it ARTEOLOGY! The motivation to find the final answers to nature's formulas, the drive to make 2 dimensions into 3. I say that I have just now learned to paint, because only today's epiphanys are alive, while yesterdays are just old news, and tomorrow's will bury today's.
Most recently, I was fortunate to be juried into the annual "Salon International" 2013 Exhibition in San Antonio Tx.
My work can always be seen at the following galleries:
Christopher Queen galleries, Duncans mills, Ca.
The Garden Gallery, Haf moon Bay, Ca.
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