About the time I was really understanding the technical requirements of photorealism, I was drawn more and more to what was new and exciting in New York. The friends and acquaintances I had at the time, some of whom are still my big supporters and friends, were living in and around New York and being influenced by what they were seeing all the time. Will Holub was one such touchstone for me who continues to produce amazing work and a long-time friend and painter, Laurence Young. Some others were Lois Dodd, whom I met at the Vermont Studio Center in 1992, along with Plamen Yordanov, Holly Ewald, and Virginia Schmidt. One other strong influence for me was a friend and, at that time, painter, Tracy Duhamel McFarlane. She was an amazing painter who went on to be an amazing art director. All these people influenced how I was working at the time.
This work is transitional from where I was with landscape toward a more truly expressionist style somewhat later. My great artistic influences at the time were David Salle, Neil Jenny, Leon Golub, and some of the other Neo-expressionist painters. [pullquote author=”Paul X.O. Pinkman”]The key with my work was a connection to landscape.[/pullquote]
The key with my work was a connection to landscape, something that was less in evidence in the work of others at the time. Interestingly, landscape painting was not much in favor so expressionist landscape was even less so.