Piece description from the artist
This piece is a painting of some vineyards from a recent trip to California. In this painting and a few other recent ones, I toyed with the notion that objects in nature tend to exhibit more colors and abstractions the closer they are to the viewer. Conversely, objects in the background tend to fade into single, more subtle hues.
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