- Paul McMillan
- Artist Statement
- I want my artwork to reveal the joy of living. I work
in a range of styles and believe that every genre exposes aspects
of the human experience.
- Landscapes show the generous beauty of the planet's ability
to give life.
Still life paintings tell a story through objects, and when written
music and lyrics are added, chosen objects gain their own voice.
Working in the surreal genre allows the privilege of lifting
the surface to study the subjective reality beneath. In portraiture
and figurative work, the human form becomes a window to the individual
spirit. Nocturnes reveal the serenity and mystory of the nighttime
- My process involves attention to detail and technique.
My wet-into-wet oil painting technique with virtually no glazing
allows detail and softness in the image and a smooth, buttery
surface showing a little impasto where appropriate. I make my
own medium from stand oil blended with a small amount of beeswax
and mastic resin. My works are finished to protect the surfaces
of the artwork without altering the texture or sheen of the image.
I feel strongly about the merits of using quality materials and
proven techniques in the pursuit of lasting and durable artwork.
- When I was five I knew I wanted to be an artist, at the
age of fifty-seven when this statement was written I have accomplished
hundreds of sculptures, some five-hundred paintings, twenty songs,
thirty-ish poems, and a two hundred page book. Yes at this point
I am habitual regarding making art.
- Paul McMillan