While visiting the historic Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, I studied and sketched the Baroque Dutch still-life paintings by Willam van Aelst, Simon Verelst, and Jan Weenix. Sketching the pictorial structure of these small, unassuming pictures, I discovered an underlying energy that borders on the ecstatic. The result of this initial encounter in Oxford is The Dutch Opera series.
Dutch Opera Series
each painting is 80″ x 60″ (approx.)
oil on canvas