“Dozier Slips in Urbanna” by Joseph Burrough

“Dozier Slips in Urbanna”
Plein Air Oil on Panel
12 x 16 in.
About the Artist:
Joseph Burrough first picked up his brushes at age 15. He grew up in the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia on the banks of the Rappahannock River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. Joseph taught himself to paint by reading books on drawing, sketching, and painting, and by closely studying oil paintings in galleries and museums. Throughout high school, his college years at the University of Richmond and into his adult life, he painted whenever he could.
The experience, for Joseph, begins with the very smell of oil paint. Then the rich colors, the depth of a three-dimensional reality on a two-dimensional canvas, the thick impasto strokes over thin oil washes, the feel of buttery paint at the end of a brush, and the rich, heavy smell of linseed oil and exotic fragrances of aromatic varnishes–all add up to a full, sensory experience for him.
At the easel, he enjoys capturing the many moods of nature in a style of loosely-rendered realism, be it a peaceful, relaxing vista, or a fleeting, windswept moment. Having grown up on a navigable river, his fascination with boats has lead him to focus on the aging skiffs and small boats of the Chesapeake Bay, depicting their peeling paint with generous dollops of palette knife work.
See more of Joseph’s work at:  http://www.josephburrough.com/dozier-slips-in-urbanna.html

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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