DAN BULLEIT - "Afternoon Break" - 14" x 24" - $1,400. - Available for presale but must remain through end of show -
I have been fortunate to have been recognized in juried shows, won national awards and very importantly met incredible artists. Currently I am a signature member in the Kentucky Watercolor Society but lately I concentrate on oils and I'm in the Oil Painters of America Association. I have been reunited with Quang Ho, an internationally successful painter and friend who I went to school with in Colorado. He continues to be a great support. I am also inspired by artists, Richard Schmid, David Leffel, CW Mundy, Daniel Keys, T.C. Steele, John Singer Sargent, Carolyn Anderson, John Micheal Carter, Lori Putnam, Daniel Gerhartz, Scott Christensen, JH Twatchman, Andrew Wyeth, Diana Hutchinson and so many others including the genius work of Bernie Fuchs.
An artist’s pursuit is a unique experience in it’s solitude and courage. I would have liked to have originated the sentiment below and I keep it as a reminder in my studio. Written by one of my favorite living artists, it describes my own purpose and reflects the true appreciation in my heart.
“Somewhere within all of us there is a wordless center, a part of us that hopes to be immortal in someway, a part that has remained unchanged since we were children, the source of our strength and compassion. This faint confluence of the tangible and the spiritual is where Art comes from. It has no known limits, and once you tap into it, you will realize what truly rich choices you have. May every painting you do from that sacred place include an expression of gratitude for the extraordinary privilege of being an artist…” Thank you Richard Schmid
I often end up walking behind just to notice things. Everything is in constant motion and if I don’t stop to see, I miss the show. Changing light always gets my attention. There are unlimited attractions and invitations calling to paint the “quiet” moments. Those fractions between steps that inspire when you stop. I am in awe that humanity like nature has the power to be both overwhelmingly beautiful and other times incredibly cruel. Art is a reflection of our existence and our idealism. An audience can be awed by incredible craftsmanship, “That looks just like a photograph,” is often heard. To some artists, that may be a great compliment, others feel they failed! I am inspired by representational artists who are masters at blending suggestion with what is left to imagination. I am moving from less recording to more impressionistic images. Still anchored by fundamentals, I strive to create images that loosely resonate some personal attachment. Through selective expression, suggestion, and nudging, there is excitement when a viewer feels a discovery of their own, sometimes as a whisper, sometimes a shout. In regards to subject, I’m not so interested on spectacular images. Our lives are mostly spent living in gray areas between sharp milestones. I want to punctuate that common human drama, the beautiful subtlety we are likely to encounter any hour. If it were possible, the velvety air of the most sublime moments. To capture experiences I find have poetic meaning, those we feel might be ordinary, but often become extraordinary when we pause to appreciate. Included is an endless stream of engaging subjects, rural, urban, both in nature and in human interaction under light and shadow. The more the viewer is enticed to complete the story, the more personally rewarding and then art shares deeper empathy. Towards the end of his life Andrew Wyeth observed as he progressed, the more he was“painting nothing.” But in that nothingness, “something” personal is stirred.
Fundamentally, representational painting is about light on subject matter. Any subject can be beautiful as long as line, shape, color, and values are true. Their combinations are infinite and it’s an exciting prospect each day I get to enter my studio. Any day magic can happen! Subject also attaches a personal connection. An artist who interprets realism is challenged between personal vision and accepted realism. Nature’s inspiration provides the greatest guide to follow. Art is a journey and evolves as we do. It’s an invitation that evokes blurred memories and opens paths to new understanding.
Through the years I have worked with various traditional media from my first John Gnagy drawing set, to “drawing the pirate,” from art contest magazine ads then to watercolors, acrylics and finally oil. In oil the last few years, I find classic oil offers the most flexibility. After a life in marketing, developing the visual benefits of designing graphics and in the story-telling of illustration, I am back to the pure joy of creating artwork. Expanding my awareness through education has been a key to accelerating progress. Influences I continue to learn from include Richard Schmid, John Singer Sargent, T.C. Steele, William Chase, Robert Henri, Quang Ho, Daniel Gerhartz, Carolyn Anderson, JH Twatchman, Andrew Wyeth, Bernie Fuchs to name just a few.