Description This idea resulted from reading a series of best seller books from the 1980's entitled 'The Australians' by William Stuart Long. Names like Jenny Taggart and Abigail Tempest come to mind from the books. The image is an abstract version of the first settlers at Botany Bay. The ships are not exactly the type of original vessels that transported the first settlers yet intended in an abstract way to represent Europeans that would eventually become the majority of settlers. There is a British flag attached to the ships intended to represent Britain as leading the way for European settlement.On shore you have original inhabitants and natives of Australia looking on.I would like some comments on this digital painting.It was started as an abstract type of image yet not quite sure what direction to continue with details.Should I start to move in the direction of a historical representation with objects that are more realistic, something that would require historical reference?On the other hand should I simply brush up and improve the details and keep this as an abstract type of image?Any suggestions from viewers appreciated.Digital painting created with Corel Painter software from a traditional pencil drawing on paper that was scanned onto a computer. At this point the image is work in process and not completed.
Stephen Lo Piano, Rochester, New York Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement I have been interested in art since high school back in the late 1960's when I took up career training for commercial art. Continued learning traditional media artwork through a private school by mail correspondence for Advertising and Illustration Art. During the mid and late 1970's decided to abandoned my interest in finding a career in art since nothing was leading to anything that would create substantial income to make a living. Continued education in the military and after service pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. During this time my sights were still set on continuing art on available time and spent many hours working in volunteer activities while attending junior college along with an art gallery in the local community. Started free lancing again in the 1980's while employed full time in another occupation and sold a few things yet still nothing for a permanent career. In the year 2004 after ten years of no productivity in art I stumbled across graphic arts and started to learn this type of technology. Since then I have found a sincere interest in learning and pursuing through trial and error and practice on my own time. Here in this gallery you will see a sample of my results.