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Copyright © 2003-2016 by Bob Bickers.  All rights reserved.  Web design by Bob Bickers

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I really love to paint. Creating and working the imagination is both fascinating and freeing, but I really enjoy the process of painting --holding a brush in my hands and applying the paint to canvas.  It’s a tactile experience I cannot duplicate with digital creations.  I feel the same way about creating something out of wood. Half the pleasure is in feeling the wood grain in my hands as I manipulate it. Manipulating paint to make something recognizable from mere pigment on a flat surface is itself amazing. Making something that can touch the human heart can be nothing less than a miracle.  Not always successful with that, but I keep trying.

Being an artist means living a life full of strong emotions and deep appreciation of the world we live in. Developed powers of observation allows one to see deeply into the ordinary and the extraordinary, to marvel at the details of our world and to see their potential in myriad forms. But with that experience comes the need to share the wonder that artists see in the world, to share our vision of what is --and what is possible.

As the years have gone by, I have better learned how to achieve that goal, to instill in the capture of a scene the emotion of the moment. When I succeed in doing that, I feel I have given birth to the true essence of the artwork, the thing that makes it more than just a pattern of paint on canvas.  It becomes much more than just the sum of its parts but almost has a life of its own.  And on those rare occasions,  it becomes something that transcends everyday human existence and forces us to stop, ponder, and lose ourselves in the art.

We need artists of all types today more than ever before.  I find that true creativity and originality is in short supply and too many of us allow ourselves to be caught up in the rapid-paced, electronic-driven world that demands instantaneous gratification and mass appeal at the expense of quality and true insight.  I love technology and I freely use it as a tool to achieve my goals.  But we should not be driven by the technology.  

Most of my paintings are in traditional oils, fast-drying oils called alkyds, or in acrylics. Virtually all of my photography is created with digital cameras as they give me maximum creative control in producing a final print that truly represents my vision.  I generally like to paint with a loose, impressionistic style that conveys what I am feeling more than what I am seeing. And yes, I really do love to paint!

 -- Bob Bickers

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COMING SHOWS & EVENTS

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2017: Bob will have a Solo Exhibition at the Elaine Biondi Gallery Space at the Monroeville, PA, public library. More on this will follow.