Piece description from the artist
Mixed media painting of a tree upon a 2-inch thick gallery-wrapped canvas with painted sides. Multiple tools including brushes, rags, and palette knives were used to create this painting, resulting in texture and interest throughout the piece. Sitting upon an oil-based painted underlay of a tree, branches and roots, the leaves of the tree were created with splatters, flings and drips of acrylic and household paints, resulting in a lively and colorful scene – one that is sure to capture the attention of its viewers.
A St. Louis native, Ben's work has been featured locally, throughout various businesses, as well as internationally and most notably for his cover art published on a re-print of famed Dutch writer Nescio's Titaneller.
"I tend to get bored easily, so I like to mix things up and experiment with different ways to express an emotion or thought. Therefore, my work features a variety of creative elements including contrasting or abstracted hues, paint drips and splatters, an assortment of mediums, changes in technique including impasto and collage, or even handwritten compositions within a painting in order to better tell a story. As a result, my portfolio has become quite diverse with paintings that range in varying themes and style.
Exploring new forms of creative expression is what motivates me and is why I know that art is something I'll always have my hands in."
You can read more about Ben in the "St Louis Post Dispatch.":http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/home/made-in-st-louis-inspiring-paintings/article_44ec74e0-75a2-5126-8f51-5b042f21f6e2.html