Richard Walker: Sunset Snow


Using only simple, straight strokes of his brush, he was able to create the obvious image of trees in a forest. The brown background to the simple trees creates the illusion of a deep, dark forest. The grayish white ground is made to look all the more real with the pathes of bright white, depicting the beams of evening or morning sun shining through the trees onto the snow-covered forest floor. I really love the abstract simplicity of his painting style and how with only a few strokes of his brush a complex image is created from elements that would be ill-defined if they were viewed independently from the entire picture. His artistic style actually reminds me of a teacher/ mentor I had in high school (he was my ceramics teacher, but his true passion is painting) which is why this image evokes in me a sentimental feeling.


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