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Gene Amoroso
Acrylic Paintings


Sunset with Bridge
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Lake Eola "Chinese Pagoda & Fountain"
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On the Edge of the Rose Garden
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  Sunset with Bridge
Acrylic On Canvas
24" x 36"
$450.00
Lake Eola "Chinese Pagoda & Fountain"
Acrylic on Canvas
48" x 48"
$1,000.00
On the Edge of the Rose Garden
Acrylic on Canvas
30" x 40 "
$1,500.00
 

 Florida Artist:

Gene Amoroso
909 Wild Cherry Ct.
Heathrow, FL 32746

Web site: http://www.GeneAmoroso.com
Gene Amoroso - Artist Statement I have painted since 1974 as a landscape artist. I graduated with a BFA in 1983 as a painting major. I painted and showed some work up to the early 1990s with a “painting excursion” to Valencia, Spain for 6 months in 1987-1988. My current reemergence as a painter occurred in September 2008. During the warm early evening of a September full “harvest” moon, I began a final quest to fulfill a destiny began over 30 years previous and I painted after 17 years of artist inactivity.

Life is complicated and often the path is not a straight line. I have always had powerful inner desire to create art. Even when not painting my mind would compose art and my eyes would see as an artist, deeply, probing the landscape for shapes and colors for a composition and ultimately life.

I believe a landscape artist must work “plein air” or on-site of the composition (a point that escaped me early in my painting life.) I strongly adhere that it is essential to “feel” the day as I paint. So much of my composition is dictated by the type of day it is: is it clear or cloudy, hot or cold, windy, rainy, etc. All types of conditions (temperature, light, time of day and season of the year) directly affect the mood and feel of my paintings. In the end it all boils down to one point, however, how will I paint the light?! Light is the essential ingredient of all art but especially in landscape painting. Light is color. Light is shade. Light is shape and movement. Light is what I paint. Again, this is why I need to paint directly from the primary subject matter and not from any form of photography or secondary visual source.

I need to feel the painting in order to express the vision. I see the completed painting in my mind’s eye when I begin a canvas. I will work for 5-8 hours in a specific location, enjoying the occasional conversation and many observers, but the painting is not completed at that point. I generally work another 20-40 hours in my studio to complete the work. I still do not reference any photographs, even if I take them myself. I will complete the composition from memory and a search of my sub-conscious for all the minute details, colors, shapes and feelings left over from the day of painting plein-air.

I choose to work as many of the 19th century and early 20th century Impressionistic/Expressionistic artists worked. Artist of this era captured the moment in paint, filling the canvas with color and brushstrokes that were more felt than thought. I prefer this style of painting. Quite often, many observers are quite surprised to see a painter and an easel seemingly from different century. My greatest artist influences are from this era of art including such great artists as Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Camille Pissarro.

The final aspect of my work, and most important ingredient, is a strong spiritual component to all my paintings. I believe there is a compelling spiritual aspect to all creative work. A belief that we were created by God is my driving force for creating art. The act of creation and to express what has been created is the language that conveys the essence of our souls. I paint because it is what is uniquely my own and resides deep within my being and that, with God’s grace, will bring some light to the world. - Gene Amoroso


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