I recently bought this painting on canvas in Ojai, CA. As someone who worked my entire life in journalism and documentaries, the story behind the work is often times as important as my reaction to it. Turns out this artist is a plumbing contractor by day turned artist. This type of narrative is a magnet for anyone who works professionally in storytelling. He mentioned his mother is a professional painter living in Mexico and he asked her if she thought he could sell his work. Well, clearly he can. He just won "Artist of the Year" in Ojai and is being featured locally at major resorts and galleries. We talked about this painting style, technique, his recent notoriety and painting subject matters. Being born and raised in Ojai, he clearly has an immersed sense of the landscapes he paints. These oranges are called Pixie Oranges which I think will be an awesome way to remember California by should we move; my main motivation for buying. As we collect tokens as remembrances of places visited, I think buying art directly from the artist (and if need-be spending less frequently to avoid buying mass produced trinkets) is the way to go. For this beautiful work I love the colors first and foremost, his simplicity (you can imagine these in a child's room) and the boldness of the lines. These, of course, are subjective tastes. Having been the product of formal art school and been mentored by some great creatives in my life, the only half intelligent thing I can say about how to purchase art is: When you see it, you know. How someone else expresses them-self is something that can only be appreciated by another being with the same reaction or visceral instincts. Art is built on connections. So today I think instead of spending the majority of my day on social media like usual, I will stare at my new painting.
Artist: Guy Wann