Fruit and Fuji-San (2017)
Watercolor and ink on vellum paper.
Size: 8.5in x 5.5in
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—which is the bit of Escher DNA that exists in my artwork.
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.