Tom Mulqueen, Featured Artist
Artist Locale: Orland Park, Illinois, USA
Style of work: Stylized realism
Subject matter: Landscapes
The best art is an expression of a personal truth. I began painting after having been in a coma. My Mom let me borrow her paints as I recovered. The first painting was simple, but I began to learn about mixing colors and shading, and I studied Bob Ross' technique. I have continued as a self-taught artist, and I have developed my technique and explored additional media. I believe that art is an attempt to express the inexpressible, and should invoke a sense of wonder. As Bob Dylan said, "Art is the perpetual motion of illusion. The highest purpose of art is to inspire. What else can you do? What else can you do for anyone but inspire them?" I also take inspiration from Picasso's statement, "In truth, what is a painter? A collector who wants to gather a collection by painting himself the pictures he likes in the work of others."