Friday, July 12, 2013

Greatness with A Brush:
Artist Dean Morrissey

Have you ever been spellbound by a work of art and wondered what the artist was like?

At Gallery Giclées™, artists are like family, and we’d like you and your clients to get to know ours better. So, from time to time, we thought we’d share some artist information — what they like, what they think, what they do when not chained to their easels — that you can pass it on to your clients. Casual conversation often leads to art sales, so read on!

Dean Morrissey, artist
GG:  When did you first know that you were destined to be an artist?
Dean:  My first illustration was a black-and-white interior illustration for a small pulp science fiction book titled Galileo. I worked for weeks on this drawing. When I finally turned it in, the editor gave me $10. That’s when I knew I was hooked on art.
GG:  What is your preferred medium with which to paint and why is it your favorite?
Dean:  I paint in the traditional method of oil on canvas. The oil paint delivers fat, warm colors and the luxury of time.
GG:  What do you hope that people will discover in your work?
Dean:  I hope that people will see in my pictures a bit of the joy I found in making them.
GG:  Describe your favorite childhood memory.
Dean:  Playing football one day when I was 8 years old, I lined up against a giant kid who looked like a full-grown man. He was telling me he was about to run me over. The ball was snapped; I dove for his ankles and squeezed as hard as I could. His shadow seemed to block the sun as he came down like a redwood tree, landing on top of me. I was walking on air for a week. After that, the kid nodded to me whenever we crossed in the hall at school.
GG:  What’s your favorite pastime (other than painting)?
Dean:  I played in a blues band for 20 years; had a ball. But bringing my son up tops them all.

Watch for future installments on the amazing artists from Gallery Giclées™.

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