Howard Aaron

www.aaron-art.com

aaronart@optonline.net

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Several people can view the same painting at the same time and see the painting differently, either because of their frame of reference or how their eyes process visual material. Portraits and landscapes are not photographs. They are the filtered result of what the artist wants to express about what he/she sees, and the craftsmanship of execution. A good portrait will get passed from one generation to the next. To me, a successful painting stirs an emotion in the viewer. If I do a landscape, I strive to have the viewer “feel” the atmosphere of moment. If it’s a portrait, I strive to make the subject come alive to the eye of the viewer.

I most enjoy the challenge of drawing and painting people in a way that conveys their personality and hopefully something about them as well.. If it’s possible, I generally prefer to meet with the subjects of my portraiture to make notes about color, personal characteristics, take reference photos, learn their preferences as to how they wish to be represented, and to view where it will hang. It’s a collaborate process. If that’s not possible or if I get a commission through the internet, of necessity, I work purely from digital photo images emailed to me, many times combining elements of several photos to achieve what I want to bring out about the subject.

Drawing and painting, for me, is highly beneficial therapy. In the process of drawing or painting a portrait, I “live” with my subject. I work very hard to achieve both what my portraiture client wants and how I see them. Drawing and painting is the pleasure. Client satisfaction is the “icing on the cake”. I’ve not disappointed anyone yet.

Bio 

An Easton resident, Aaron discovered the joy of painting in watercolors at the age  of 50. Although Mr. Aaron is primarily self-taught, he has taken watercolor, landscape, and advanced painting courses at The Silvermine Guild School of Art. His commissioned portraits and landscapes, both watercolor and graphite, are represented in private, corporate, or institutional collections in 9 states.

He is an award-winning  member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Fairfield Arts Council, the Fairfield County Arts Association, the Art Society of Old Greenwich, and is a founding member of the Easton Arts Council..

In August 2010 his entry was awarded first prize for watercolor by juror/judge Simon Dinnerstein NA at the Art Society of Old Greenwich open juried show. In May 2009 his entry received an Honorable Mention award at the Bradley-Hubbell House Regional Juried show His portraits received the People’s Choice Award, by vote of show attendees, at both the 2007 CSOPA Faces of Spring and the 2004 CSOPA Faces of Summer shows. In September 2005 his entry was the recipient of the blue ribbon Dowling Group Ltd Purchase Award from the Old Greenwich Art Society, a choice from over 570 entries. In September 2006 the same group awarded his landscape third prize for watercolor

Several people can view the same painting at the same time and see the painting differently, either because of their frame of reference or how their eyes process visual material. Portraits and landscapes are not photographs. They are the filtered result of what the artist wants to express about what he/she sees, and the craftsmanship of execution. A good portrait will get passed from one generation to the next. To me, a successful painting stirs an emotion in the viewer. If I do a landscape, I strive to have the viewer “feel” the atmosphere of moment. If it’s a portrait, I strive to make the subject come alive to the eye of the viewer.

I most enjoy the challenge of drawing and painting people in a way that conveys their personality and hopefully something about them as well.. If it’s possible, I generally prefer to meet with the subjects of my portraiture to make notes about color, personal characteristics, take reference photos, learn their preferences as to how they wish to be represented, and to view where it will hang. It’s a collaborate process. If that’s not possible or if I get a commission through the internet, of necessity, I work purely from digital photo images emailed to me, many times combining elements of several photos to achieve what I want to bring out about the subject.

Drawing and painting, for me, is highly beneficial therapy. In the process of drawing or painting a portrait, I “live” with my subject. I work very hard to achieve both what my portraiture client wants and how I see them. Drawing and painting is the pleasure. Client satisfaction is the “icing on the cake”. I’ve not disappointed anyone yet.

An Easton resident, Aaron discovered the joy of painting in watercolors at the age  of 50. Although Mr. Aaron is primarily self-taught, he has taken watercolor, landscape, and advanced painting courses at The Silvermine Guild School of Art. His commissioned portraits and landscapes, both watercolor and graphite, are represented in private, corporate, or institutional collections in 9 states.

He is an award-winning  member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the Fairfield Arts Council, the Fairfield County Arts Association, the Art Society of Old Greenwich, and is a founding member of the Easton Arts Council..

In August 2010 his entry was awarded first prize for watercolor by juror/judge Simon Dinnerstein NA at the Art Society of Old Greenwich open juried show. In May 2009 his entry received an Honorable Mention award at the Bradley-Hubbell House Regional Juried show His portraits received the People’s Choice Award, by vote of show attendees, at both the 2007 CSOPA Faces of Spring and the 2004 CSOPA Faces of Summer shows. In September 2005 his entry was the recipient of the blue ribbon Dowling Group Ltd Purchase Award from the Old Greenwich Art Society, a choice from over 570 entries. In September 2006 the same group awarded his landscape third prize for watercolor