by the wildlife and landscapes I encounter while traveling I return to
my studio with insights about the natural world and about the human
condition," says artist Craig Kosak. "Rather than faithfully documenting
the flora and fauna, I strive to capture the feeling and emotions these
trips provide. Each trip consists of both a journey through the outer
world, and an inner journey of self discovery. These paintings are about
both worlds and how they relate.
textured and developed using many layers of alternately opaque and
translucent paint, strong graphic composition and bold colors combine to
set the stage for realistically rendered animals, objects and
landscapes. The subjects are integrated with abstract elements and
expressive brushwork representative of the inner emotive world. I
continue working until balance between both worlds is achieved and the
painting comes alive.
"Stylistically, my work is grounded in realism, inspired primarily by
the iconic images of painter N.C. Wyeth. I am, of course, painting about
today’s world and the modern paint handling of contemporary artists John
Nieto and Nathan Oliveira have had significant influence in this
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