6x8 oil on canvas, mounted on board
Seamus Berkeley has been creating paintings, photographs and prints in a variety of genres for decades. Dublin-born, Berkeley lives in Taos, New Mexico and travels extensively for inspiration for his paintings and photographic images. He uses oils as his primary painting medium, focusing on a variety of subjects in a representational impressionistic style.
Berkeley is motivated to create artwork that serves as reminders to the viewer of our existence in and as part of nature. His primary goal is to make artwork that reflects his personal experience of memorable moments of being alive. Artwork has the potential to evoke a similar memorable experience for the viewer.
Berkeley is the founder and past-president of the Taos Society of Portrait Artists and a member of the Oil Painters of America.
From the Artist:
Why Do I Create Artwork?
For me, beauty is a delightful inner experience, not outside of oneself. Each of us has the potential to be in that space and we make the choice to be there or not. Painting is about the active engagement of placing oneself in the state of being that sees things in a beautiful way. The outcome expressed on canvas may lead the observer to wonder what the artist was experiencing while creating the painting. A good painting stimulates and encourages the viewer to enter into this mode of seeing beauty.
Literally, not covering. The act of not covering reveals to us a sense of beauty that we normally cover in our day-to-day activities. Painting can be used as a means of discovery that exposes an incredible alternative view of the world. Approached in this way, painting clears the mind to see the beauty that is already there.
Serenity is a state of being that is unaffected by disturbance. It is calm, unclouded, clear. In order to paint well, it is necessary to look intently. By doing so, our preconceived ideas of what we are seeing are left behind and the mind is quieted. We discover beauty serenity unfolds.
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