I am most interested in color and line quality in my paintings and pen & ink drawings. The drawings and images are used to explore a different sense formed by color and not entirely by nature. The images fall into two styles: a graphic, flat painted style, and a more realistic style.The graphic paintings begin as pen & ink drawings. I retain the original line work on the canvas and add lots of colors. It is a constant battle to balance the colors with the shapes and distances portrayed in the painting.
The realistic paintings are concerned with the quality of light & shadow: how to portray an afternoon sun or a morning sunrise in January. Snow is a favorite. Sometimes I paint very bright colors on the snow areas and glaze over with whites, letting the colors come through. I prefer oil paints for their subtle color changes.
Image featured on this page: Carol Banfield “Fort Funston”. 36 x 48 x 1 1/2”, oil on canvas