John  Merlino

John Merlino

Eden, United States

Artist Statement:

The conception process for developing a piece starts with an introspective thought process to pinpoint the feel and mood of the piece, with inspiration coming from deep within my own meditation of a specific subject matter.
A creation begins on either hard board or Masonite as this has a solid feel when I am layering paint and building upon the surface. The ground of the painting surface is primed with my own technique of a gypsum base that is toned with color producing an appropriate undercurrent to the surface. I combine both palette knife and brush to create form within the painting.
The composition I create is dictated by the medium I choose with one of the three main mediums, oil, dry brush/watercolor and mixed media drawing. The end product, through color, forms, patterns and design bring the reflection of nature & spirit to the surface, presenting an interpretation of the universe thru the eyes of the artist.

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