oil painting of river bank in winter
Farley Lewis, “Cold Current,” acrylic on panel, 14 x 18 in., 2023

Farley Lewis: An artist’s style is what you see in the rearview mirror as you pursue excellence. This, I believe, is a far better way to develop your style than pursuing originality. My first goal as a representational painter is to convincingly represent what I see. I want to be truthful about the scene, not making so much up that I lose the reality of what is before me. My second goal has been to represent what I see with boldness and flair – not simply reporting facts but saying something about my experience in the place. The famous Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla said that a “preoccupation with technique, at the expense of truth and sincerity, is the principal fault I find in much of the work of modern painters.”

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oil painting of boats docking in the rain
Farley Lewis, “Soft Rain,” acrylic on panel, 14 x 18 in., 2023, plein air
Artist painting on location
Farley Lewis holding “In the Stillness,” one of my favorites, in my home.