The paintings of Michael Ward, self taught artist. Michael paints primarily urban landscapes, in acrylic on canvas, based on photographs he has taken over the years.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
He made me what I am today
I belatedly note the passing of Leigh Stocker, a friend and photographer I knew during my formative years (artistically speaking) in Long Beach in the late 1970s. I began painting during that time, and when I left Long Beach to move in with my girlfriend (now wife), Leigh predicted an end to my painting. He was right for a few years, but I always remembered his comment, and have been trying to prove him wrong ever since.
Take a look at his work here. If you do, be sure to read his biography for some essential context. In a person's life, there are perhaps one or two people who have a profound influence. Leigh was one of those, for me and a lot of others.