For many, art is very personal. As an artist, I too want to have a personal connection to the subject matter I’m painting. My frequent trips to the field observing and photographing structures, lighting, wildlife, and landscapes give me the encounters in nature that will potentially show up in a future painting. When I am behind my brush, I recall the different elements in the scene as I experienced them in the field. I remember the sounds, temperature, smells, and the mood of the day. I try to capture these experiences in a painting that will connect with others. I am often asked what inspired the piece, where it was, when it was, etc. As the conversation continues, a definite connection is made between the artist, the viewer, and the artwork itself. Unfortunately, time and distance are obstacles making it difficult to speak with many of you in person and it is for this reason that I need to find other ways to communicate. My first published book “An Artist’s Journey with Wildlife Artist Anthony J. Padgett” co-authored with my good friend and fishing buddy Larry Richardson was a good first step in bringing my story to you. This coffee table style book shares my journey into wildlife art and features a large gallery section with over a hundred of my paintings. I realize however that publishing a book to share with you is not enough, so I have a plan…..
Through it I am going to share more stories, experiences, art releases, and updates on my artwork to you. I will also try and include a special offer to each of you in every blog entry. As my blog develops, please share it with your friends, family, and others who you think may enjoy following along. There are convenient social media share buttons at the top and bottom of the page to make sharing my blog a snap.
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