Description Plein Air Watercolor Painting that I painted in 1991. Outside of Las Vegas, NV., is a mountain called Mt. Charleston, & on Mt. Charleston is a campground called 'Old Mill'. This Plein Air painting was painted on one of our family campouts in 1991.
Stephen Boyle, Henderson, Nevada, USA Member Since October 2007 Artist Statement I’ve loved Fine Art since I was a young boy, and I never had any real interest in the Graphic Arts. That is, until computer technology finally caught up to Fine Art.
I had won numerous awards & competitions for my original Watercolor, Oil, Acrylic, & Colored Pencil Drawings in College shows & in other showings. I was a Signature Member of the Nevada Watercolor Society in the late 80's & early 90's, winning top honors on many occasions.
Then in 1992, just 2 years after a major career change, I had the good fortune of being able to learn the ins & out's of Computer Graphic Design. And have been able to master graphic software such as Painter, CorelDraw, Illustrator, Photoshop...etc.
But I'm still just an old school fine artist at heart.
For many years in the graphic design industry, I would never have called myself a graphic designer when speaking to others, especially to other artists. I would always refer myself as a fine artist, stuck in a graphic arts career just to pay the bills.
For the last 14 years in the graphic sign industry, designing casino related signs for Las Vegas, I've used most all of the different computer graphic software that I've learned. But I've never run across any computer graphic design techniques that could even come close to creating the look & feel of the traditional fine art drawing & painting methods that I love. Until now that is.
For several years now, I've been experimenting in using my knowledge of graphic arts, to create original fine art prints. I've developed digitally created styles of painting that totally mimic real traditional watercolors, & oil paintings.
I believe that fine art, created in traditional ways, will always be needed. Nothing can ever replace it. And I still call myself a fine artist rather than a graphic artist. But fine art is still fine art, no matter what medium is used to create it. Whether it's created by hand traditionally or digitally created with computer software & a pen tablet as your canvas & brush, its still fine art.
Sometimes it's only through the special feelings that you get from fine art, compared to graphic art that allows you to know the true difference between the two. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy viewing the art that I've created, as much as I've enjoyed creating it.
Stephen Boyle President, Vegas Artists Guild www.vegasartistsguild.com