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© 2019 James Armstrong  |  Greenville, SC  |  Napa, CA  |  707-490-9438  |  JamesArmstrongStudio@me.com

My paintings contrast serene landscapes with edgy, textured bits of metal peeking through, creating the glimmer of the sun on the surface of a stream or pond, adding to the luminosity of a cloud or sky and bringing energy and balance to each composition.

I work my paintings up to a fully-realized composition before beginning to scrape, grind, sand and buff away layers using a “reductive” technique. I paint, deconstruct, and repaint, cycling through the process over and over until the painting displays a balance between perfection and deconstruction, revealing a depth of layers, hidden textures, and the unique rich hues and luminosity of polished metal.