I keep meaning to write about the living artists that I admire and not just the dead ones. To be honest, I have met so many great ones over the years that it’s a long list but a few stand out. I first met Kevin in Carmel while doing the paint out there about 5 years ago. A super talent, a super guy, the only strike against him is that he keeps winning the big prizes at this event. Every time. RatBastard! He would turn in a nocturne/moonrise thing that I knew he didn’t paint at night so I figured that he cheated somehow. And then one year he calls me out of the blue… says he has a collector with a killer house and did I need a free place to stay. Out of the blue. He said he figured that since I was coming from Florida I could use a break. That’s a good guy.
Subsequently we would go painting together during the event and he and I would paint the exact same thing but come up with completely different paintings. He didn’t cheat, he’s just really good at taking what’s in front of him and bending it to suit his will. Me I’m trying to get the exact time of day, 9:03 am and the exact number of trees and he’s recarving the trees, changing the time to 10 hours later and everything else effected by the change of light. Crazy.
If I had to categorize his work, I’d call it luminist or maybe a romantic tonalist… there’s a link at right and you’ll see a consistent romantic glow in his work. How does he do it? Magic! I can’t reveal trade secrets but I will say that he is a master at the subtle interplay of value, hue and chroma. All of his color is filled with color, something may seem grayed down but it’s really two near compliments so close in value and chroma that they hum and create sort of an impossible brilliant middle color. I think there are some people who actually have a higher color perception and can really see the super subtle shifts. He’s a great shape maker too. And a hell of a nice guy. One of the great privileges of this life is getting to sidle up to a talent like Kevin and watch him paint and steal his ideas.