4B by John Ebel, oil on gessoed Masonite, 16" x 20"
From the artist: I started painting two years ago when I retired. I am self-taught and would describe myself as a contemporary realist. I work exclusively in oil. I have always felt that the artist's job was to show the viewer how to find beauty in the not so obvious. Anyone can find beauty in a sunset or fall foliage, but it's the artist who sees beauty in the decaying landscape of a New England March, or a rusted and discarded object. I found the objects in my painting 4B at a local flea market for a few dollars and developed the composition in my studio after playing around with them. I think in their new configuration they are quite beautiful. I hope that I have done my job as an artist.
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