Sail beyond the horizon; fly higher than you ever thought possible; magnify your existence by helping others; be kind to people and animals of all shapes and sizes; be true to what you value most; shine your light on

the world; and be the person you were born to be.

- Blake Beattie

My journey... I am a self-taught artist, with the exception of taking a course in the mische technique from Prof. Phil Rubinov Jacobson. As a child I loved to draw and paint and to create and that has followed me through my whole life. I never lost sight of my goal to be a full time artist. After starting to take my career more seriously in 2005 and starting to paint and enter juried shows in 2006, my journey through my work has grown by leaps and bounds. I started off in abstract and mixed-media work and moved on to acrylics. I took the leap in July of 2011 and left my secure job to pursue art full-time with my first solo show planned for December of 2011.In the late summer of 2011 I read an article on the mische technique and knew that was for me. I made arrangements to learn it as soon as possible. In January of 2012 I learned the mische technique and have moved forward with it.
Mische, which means mixed, as it is a mixture of using egg tempera and oils. Jan van Eyck is credited with first formulating the technique and many artists have used it, including Rembrandt and Da Vinci. Ernst Fuchs is then credited with the painstaking research to revive this technique and bring it back to life for modern painters to work in. Most painters working in this technique are in the fantastic realism/visionary genre of the art world. Originally, I believed I would be doing surreal work or fantastic realism and quite by accident I have discovered that I enjoy doing more traditional art work. I came to the self realisation that I don't need to create the work that I adore. I can still admire these other genres and work in the one that I choose to. Since with this technique you are working with very fine layers upon layers upon layers, you get what are called optical grays in your work which lends a 3D effect and a realism that just can't be had by any other method of painting. I love it with a passion and though initially I thought I'd still work in acrylics from time to time, I have not and believe I will not ever work in any other fashion than in the mische technique. When I worked in acrylics I did quite a few pet portraits as well as a couple of people and found that was what I really enjoyed. I enjoy not only the challenge but I was told some time back, paint what you know. I know animals VERY Well. My work has now moved into figurative work. Doing not only contemporary portraits of people and animals but also historic figures, be they real or mythological or of a religious nature. I also have an ongoing interest in all religions, especially the ancient aspects of many of them. I do from time to time paint iconography from those religions as I find them beautiful and the history and the MATH behind them fascinating. My ongoing goal is to increase the size of my works over time and to be able to work in a story series format. I also continue to educate myself on the techniques and methods used by the Masters to increase my knowledge.

My Grandmothers’ poodle “Poo” and I, sharing breakfast.

Me feeding geese in

the U.S. when I was about 4 years old.

A Bermuda King Lizard taken at the glass beach located in Dockyard.

Bravo, one of my Great Danes, as a puppy. Wasn’t he cute?

Showing my Great Dane, Chance.

On our wedding day,

October 11th, 2008.

One of our adopted SPCA  kitties, Dali.

Dali's litter brother, Rome, who was also adopted from the SPCA .

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