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Roger Drake

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Ottawa, Illinois

Lives in
Oakland, California

traditional, realism, mixed-media, figurative

Rogers' BIO

Painting for me is an adventure full of challenges on my path of self realization. Each image is presented as an emotional vision that luminates from my heart. I find an innate beauty in things that are temporal and unaffected. I use my artwork to create a mood and to tell part of a story. The viewer is allowed to expand and weave an interpretive cumulative response. A watercolor artist at heart, I now work entirely with acrylics on canvas.

I am an advocate of acrylic paint over oil and have extensively experimented with using glazes to get some of the smooth translucent effects achieved with oil paint. I was also inspired by the Old Master Painter, Caravaggio and forms emerging out of darkness. Some of the darker shadows in my paintings required up to seventy-two layers.

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