Hal McCartor         About Me

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After careers in medicine and computer science I took up painting in 1996 and went back to college as a full time student in studio art for five years.  There I learned to paint and to see the world about me in new ways. I  was exposed to painters I was unfamiliar with and came to love - Milton Avery, Richard Diebenkorn, and Joan Mitchell come to mind.

You can tell from my work that I am drawn to color and large shapes with little patience for detail. I find it interesting how one develops preferences that direct one's work without much awareness and how they eventually become a recognizable style. While some artists have a vision of their completed work before they start.  I seem to have to discover where I am going by just seeing what has to happen next.  I am fond of Chuck Close's comment, "amateurs look for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work".

In summer I paint out of doors in Oregon, often with my friends,  Helen Kroger, Susan Monti and Susan Dale when we share a wonderful lunch and critique. We show together each fall in Portland. In winter I paint in my studio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where most of my large abstract works are done.

5 years agohttp://mccartor.blogspot.com/2006_03_01_mccartor_archive.html
2 years agohttp://www.mccartor.net/Hal_McCartor_Paintings/Home/Home.html
140 older painting with notes on painting processhttp://mccartor.blogspot.com

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more from 5 years agohttp://mccartor.blogspot.com/2006_03_01_mccartor_archive.html