1:30pm Saturday and Sunday
ARTIST: RORY MATTSON
Artist statement: "My art is a reflection of the things I love in life and in this world of natural beauty. I strive to paint in a realistic style, although not perfect realism. I think my art is expressive, but I hope not cute, or what’s popular for the moment. That being said, my fascination with things the flow, fly, reflect, rust and ruin, makes me a Midwestern painter by definition. I am never comfortable too far from the “Middle Border”, the mighty Mississippi.
I use illustration techniques to create a pencil drawing. I then trace, or project the rendering onto watercolor paper. Next, I tint the subject with washes of transparent watercolor, in the classic English style. I then refine and retouch with gouache, or opaque watercolor where it is necessary. Airbrush layers are added last to give depth and atmosphere. It’s that simple, and answers the question, “How did you get that look?”
When I began this journey into art, I didn’t want anyone to say, “He paints like so and so.” This is not a critique of other artists, I just want to create something that pleases me, and tells a story.
I have been lucky, and have a wall full of ribbons and awards, including more than thirty best of shows. The award that means the most to me is the buyer who hangs my art in their home. That is the reason I paint.
See them in booth # 234
Location: Artists Action Booth 233