Artists Who Have Influenced My Work

There are so many artists whose work I admire. I was lucky enough to live in big cities for most of my life, and have been able to travel visiting museums like Haus Der Kunst in Munich, the Louvre in Paris, and the Uffizi and Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.  I've been able to see large impressionist exhibits, both permanent collections and special exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Isabella Stuart Gardner, the Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Metropolitan Art Museum in NYC, the Whitney, Guggenheim, LA Art Museum, the J. Paul Getty, ..the list goes on. Here are a few that I've studied and learned from, now I'm off to go painting, and I'll return later to expand this blog. And now I'm back. Taking a trip down memory lane, I went back to look at the Old Masters, then on to the romanticism and  luminism that existed in the Hudson River School of landscape painters, California School of Plein Air painters, the Barbizon school, Pre-Raphaelites, post-impressionism/symbolism and then realism,  and the expressionists.  They won't necessarily be in order here, but here's a look at those painters' works I've visited with at close range in museums, and galleries over the years. 

  • John Singer Sargent 
  • Vincent Van Gough
  • Alfred Sisley
  • Toulouse Lautrec
  • Eduard Degas
  • Gustave Courbet
  • Paul Cezanne
  • Claude Monest
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir
  • Paul Gaugin
  • Camille Corot
  • James Whistler
  • Henri Matisse
  • Mary Cassatt
  • Vincent van Gough
  • Toulouse Lautrec
  • Edouard Manet
  • Winslow Homer
  • Childe Hassam, William Keith, John Henry Twachtman
  • Heade, Gibson, Haseltine, Hill, Kensett, Cole, Church
  • Modigliani, Kandinksy, Picasso, Chagall, Klimt, Magritte
  • N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parish

When I moved to California I spent time studying the Arts and Crafts movement, and was intrigued with the Green and Green architecture surrounding me in Pasadena and L.A. I was already familiar with many of its artists, having seen the work of artists and artisans work from this time period previously when back in Boston. I was able to tour many of the California Bungalows and Frank Lloyd Wright designs. In Carmel I saw some originals in galleries of California Plein Air painters. I much admired the tonalists Wendt, Bischoff, Payne, Rose, Wachtel, and the Mathews'. Colter, Gray and Maynard Dixon are others I refer to for inspiration.