I have always loved art. I remember painting in high school and realizing the effort and skill it took to paint like 19th Century Realism painters. Early on I decided if I wanted that look I would just take my camera and poetically compose a scene and make a picture.
Naturally, the perfectionist in me was drawn to photography. I graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in History and a minor in Journalism.
Four years ago, as another creative outlet to express myself, I purchased acrylic paints and several large canvases. I knew exactly what I wanted to paint. Bright colored paintings containing simplicity and style. And storyboards that make one smile.
They also had to be paintings I could hang in my house… because anybody who has been to my house knows that we love bright colors.
My painting style started with a photography business trip in 2004 to Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean. My wife and I purchased a 3-foot tall rooster carved from Jamaican cedar. That little rooster gave me the inspiration to paint my rooster and chicken series.
I consider my technique "painting 101" because I paint my colors in like a child using crayons in a coloring book. Then I add heavy texture using paint and other acrylic binders to add depth and complexity. This texture plays with light and shadow. This indirectly is teaching me how to use different paint brushes and palette knives for different techniques. My painting style is Folk Art with a Pop art influence.
My background as a photojournalist instilled in me the importance of telling a story. I strive for this in my painting too.
My photography showcases the reality of my life while my paintings are pure fantasy. I believe they compliment each other. contact
Alarm Clock-Arcylic on 48"x48" Canvas-by Kort Duce
Cow Chick-Acrylic on 24"x48" Canvas-by Kort Duce
Chick Xing-Acrylic on 48"x60" Canvas-by Kort Duce
Submitted on Thursday, January 05, 2012
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