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Watercolor and ink on vellum paper.
Date: March 23, 2017
For me, Fruit and Fuji-San is an iconic example of my work. The colors are Expressionistic in nature, in my case emphasizing some part of reality I find interesting—in this case, the contrast and coloration of the fruit. The shading and perspective in much of my work is Cézanne-like, because I love the way he worked with color. Behind is an illusion of Mt. Fuji (or Fuji-san). It looks like just a piece of scenery, but is it? There are hints that all isn't what it seems.
This piece originated the previous year, when I wanted to a final work of art in the last days of 2016 and decided that a Mt. Fuji picture would be great after going through Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by Hokusai. I only had an ink brush pen at the time—color would have to come later. And boy, did color come in later.