Ryan McNeal, Chicago Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement Oil painting is about connecting to beauty in both the earth and human nature. Through it, an artist connects with life much in the way that a writer, composer, or director does--through manifestation.
I worship beauty in my art. Beauty has many faces, not always the whimzy facade we associate with it. As I grow as an artist, I hope that message becomes more prevalent in my pieces. I believe the greatest beauty lies beneath the surface, in the emotion a piece invokes--that is what I am after.
My style hads been influenced by those of: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Da Vinci, Frederic Church, and Andrew Wythe. I do portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes for comission.