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Spring 2015 Competition:


expressionism, surrealism and other mind-expanding isms

2nd Place Winner

Medium:  Digital Image 
Size:       11 x 14 Iin
Price:      175. usd [framed]

artist statement

I make art by manipulating digital images.  I often start with a digital photograph, letting the image lead me into the aesthetic space where it feels most comfortable.  Sometimes this is a realistic narrative space that may resemble a painting.  Sometimes it is a realm of fantasy.  Sometimes it is an expressive abstraction.  One thing all my images have in common:  they really are not photos any more.

artist bio

Though I have no degree in art, I come from an artistic background.  My grandmother worked in oils, and earned a listing in Davenport’s.  My father, a biology professor, worked in Higgins Inks, and became a sought-after wildlife illustrator.  He taught me how to use a camera, and the rudiments of darkroom work.

I trained as a physician, and for thirty-five years in Vermont and on Cape Cod, I practiced country medicine, staffed the Emergency Room, and served as a Regional Medical Examiner.  Photography and pencil sketching were a refuge from this stressful work, a place to stretch my restless artist’s legs, and a source of a sense of accomplishment quite different from the rewards of medicine and science.  Art is a compulsion; while I never stopped doing it to reward myself, the demands of a hectic medical life precluded my participating in art shows or exhibitions.

As my medical career wound down, digital imaging and the internet emerged—a perfect storm for me.  Now I work in digital images almost exclusively.  I belong to the Cape Cod Art Association, the Provincetown Art Association, and the Duxbury Art Association.  I have exhibited in these venues and others throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.  I recently joined Studio Montclair, Inc., in New Jersey, and have exhibited there, as well.


 other work by the artist

Willuan Sargent - 2nd Place Winner

william sargent

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts [USA]


art scene today Q & A

Q: Where do you see yourself in the art scene today?
A:  Digital Imaging is a bit of an upstart on the art scene, and gets little respect today.  The richness of the tools that Digital Imaging uses give it immense promise, but make it seem a bit threatening, too.  I liken the situation to that of the early French Impressionists, who brought exciting new ideas to the art scene of the day only to find themselves misunderstood, and virtually excluded from the Paris Salon, the arbiter if fine art at the time. Today the names of the Impressionists and their aesthetic descendants—Monet, Renoir, vanGogh—are better known than their contemporaries within the Salon—Meissonier, Bouguereau, Jacques-Louis David.  I am confident that in time the digital artists working in obscurity today will be recognized, along with digital arts themselves.
Q: What is in your inspiration?
A:  I continue to be inspired by the works of my father and grandmother.  Without their gentle guidance and example I do not know where I would be today,  The prehistoric cave painters of Altamira and Chauvet leave me in awe.  Having no art, they had to invent it, and they did so with an energy, beauty and joy that still shines through today.  I admire the Impressionists, who found European art stalled, and reinvented it.  Finally, I admire the panoply of Postimpressionists, for having the courage to follow their own ideas, and for having such great ideas to follow.
Q: What are your challenges?
A:  1)  To help people understand that the art we make is made by us, not by the tools we use.  That we use unfamiliar tools to make our digital art does not diminish their artfulness.  The Chauvet artists used red clay and soot.  The renaissance masters boiled mineral and herbal pigments in linseed oil.  Today we buy Winsor & Newton paints in tubes.  Does that make our art better than Michelangelo’s?  Of course not.  Digital art begins in the artist’s imagination, just as all art does.  2)  Trying to enter the art scene in my 60s is a challenge.
Q: How did you/do you choose your medium?
A: My medium chose me.  I was a photographer, but digital photography and photomanipulation software ambushed me, and now I am in their thrall.
Q: Which artist has influenced you the most?
A: Claude Monet.  His clarity of thought about art, his courage in defending his convictions, and his brilliance as a painter made it possible for all the –isms of modern art to thrive.




Nothing But a Dream Exhibition