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Kenn Backhaus

Approaching Storm

24 x 30 inches


Artist Statement

“Becoming a member of an ever-growing family of representational painters across this country, I am dedicated exclusively to exploring the fullest potential of our surrounding landscape. My goal is to make the experience of painting a singular one with the viewer. I believe that a painting is not just an illusion in two dimension, but also that of a moment in life, captured on canvas. Painting is a language varying in mood and atmosphere that reflects the diversities of life itself. I enjoy the challenges of various subject matters, so my approach to the painting process is to involve the viewer with those subjects as much as possible, not only through those choices, but also through how I elect to portray those subjects. Allowing the viewer to interpret and finish parts of the painting is more interesting than if the painting is totally spelled out for them. I want the viewer to see the use of the medium, the end of that brush stroke, the spontaneity, the assuredness of the artist. If I can give the viewer a sense of the atmosphere, a sense of light in the scene, maybe just to open their eyes to the simple beauty around us, then I feel I have accomplished my goals. If you agree with this ideal, then come take pleasure with those artist’s efforts and share a common passion, the passion of representational art.”