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As a life long artist, I knew I wanted to improve my technical skills first and foremost. Because I am a self taught artist, and did not have formal training, I have taken it upon myself to learn from the masters. Through researching, painting and repainting classical paintings, and observing pieces throughout art history, I have been able to build up my technique. I strongly believe that mastering various artist techniques is vital to improving as an artist. Regardless of what kind of art one wants to specialize in, understanding the basics in portraiture is necessary. The following are a few of my recent portraits. Some were created with acrylic, and some with oil. I practiced a variety of styles, from impressionism to hyperrealism. 

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Acrylic on Canvas

Note: The reference image used is not my own, as this painting was created merely for practice. It will not be available for purchase under any circumstance. 

Acrylic on Canvas

Note: The reference image used is not my own, as this painting was created merely for practice. It will not be available for purchase under any circumstance. 

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Charcoal on Mixed Media Paper

Note: The reference image used is not my own, as this painting was created merely for practice. It will not be available for purchase under any circumstance. 

Oil on Canvas

I used a mix of impressionism and hyperrealism to create this piece. Instead of blending the colors, I layered the paint on top of each other straight onto the canvas to create more depth and contrast. 



 

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Acrylic on Canvas

This impressionistic painting is special to me. The night after my roommate and I graduated college, we roasted marshmallows on the heart of campus. I wanted to replicate the joyous feeling of this night with the bright colors and loose paint strokes. 

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