"My own kind of impressionism."
Born: New Roads, Lousiana
Northwood University, Cedar Hill, TX
State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Catholic High School of Pointe
Coupee, New Roads, LA
My intrigue with trees dates back
to my childhood and how I used to love to perch in a beautiful mimosa tree in our front yard and watch the world go by.
In south Louisiana, where I grew up and spent my early life I
admired the majestic big oaks and tall pecan trees that were prevalent throughout this part of the
country. Attending school in Dallas in the early eighties
what I missed most about Louisiana were the lush trees and mama’s gumbo. After college I moved back to Louisiana
to find that I longed for big blue sky and
warm friendly people in North Texas with so much opportunity and free spirit. In 1990 I moved to Dallas where
I have planted myself and now fondly
call Dallas my
home. As they often say here, “I got here as quick as I could”. As a result of my migration
back and forth from Louisiana to Texas it’s easy to say
that my paintings represent a marriage of my past and my present life. A blend of the big trees of south
Louisiana and the big blue-sky and wide-open prairies of north Texas.
My technique is accomplished by taking photo’s of trees that I find interesting and painting them
as realistic as I possiblle. With great effort I try to closely match nature’s color
or to greatly exaggerate it. To create the texture and sparkle sometimes evident
in my paintings I take a great deal of time to mix the oil colors with linseed oil only(no paint thiner).
Paint brushes with thin long hairs are trimmed to the point where sometimes only a handful
of hairs remain. Once the paint is mixed to a
where the thickness of the paint is a fair bit thicker than motor oil but not quite as thick as pudding I then accumulate
a fair amount of paint on the tip of the brushes
order to apply it to the canvas and get the pointillist and textured effect. This technique is very time consuming.
An average size paintings such as a 16” x 20” canvas could
take as much as 50 hours to produce. Larger paintings can take several weeks.
My career as an artist started in the year 2000. I have since elaborated
my style to incorporate monotone, two-tone, and tritone color combinations in addition to my
more traditional blue-sky paintings. The DeGraphi style, an acronym I coined from
the words “detail” and “graphic” was started about around a year after my career started. I
only create a couple of these
very time-consuming paintings a year. However demand for this style painting has increased so much that they probably
account for close to half of all of my paintngs now.
I were to use all the descriptions to sum up my style it would be “hyper-real neoimpressionist surreal pointillism”.
It’s not important how one
describes my paintings but it is my hope that the viewer feels drawn into my work with a sense of solitude and happiness.
It is my desire that my
paintings bring you splendor.
~ Jay Maggio ~