Artist Statement

I was taught how to draw as a child by my Mother. I tried to do paint by numbers, but was put off by the rigid rules that had you painting within the lines. I took art classes at various times during my school years. The two art classes I took in college I dropped out of because the instructors were egomaniacs. I have always rebelled against oppressive authority.

Where I really learned to draw was in two classes at the University of Michigan that had nothing to do with the art department. I took a botany class where we had to keep a notebook full of sketches done from life in the field. I wish I still had that notebook, but it got lost in the shuffles of life. The other class where I had to draw was Math 405, Differential Geometry where the instructor would draw curved surfaces on the board and we would copy the drawings into our notebooks. This is where I learned to draw and shade a picture to bring out the third dimension.

After graduating with a degree in physics, I started drawing pretty girls from magazines. I would sit up at night after work and draw a portrait. Most of these drawings are lost. Over the years I have done wood carving, drawing in pencil and charcoal, pastels, and oil, acrylic, and some watercolor painting. I have a room full of books and my art now, and it is time to make an effort to document what is left of my efforts before they are all lost to time.

I don’t look at art as a profession, though that view is changing. Art is creation from nothing, and I often make sketches without a reference in the real world. It’s the sense of accomplishment I get from working on a piece that makes me continue drawing and painting. I learn from books and videos, and from practice. This website is my attempt to get my art out in the world, and to get feedback from any visitors who happen by. I have given away half a dozen paintings but so far have made no sales. I have learned a lot about the world with my artistic hobby, and I hope the images and objects I post here bring some joy to the viewer.

William J Remski