"When viewing the world around us, we are often struck by the beauty of a scene. The stillness of a winter morning, sunlight filtering through the clouds, or trees illuminated by the afternoon sun; just a few images that have inspired creation in countless artists. However, sometimes potential masterpieces go unnoticed. Since I was a young boy I have been captivated by the simple, often overlooked, places and things in ordinary life. Capturing a moment in time and then enhancing it's aesthetic qualities excites me. When brought to life on canvas, even the most mundane subject can be a visual experience.
Not only is the grand sunset over an ancient city a worthy painting subject, so is the lone daisy swaying in the wind...waiting for someone to admire it's fragrant charm. Does the falcon soaring on a thermal know that he is the envy of most any man? Grace and beauty in all forms are worthy of recognition. I, as an artist, enjoy emphasizing the beautiful scenes of my life and travels... while giving special attention to those places that may have been overlooked. I hope you will find as I have that beauty takes many forms and is undeniable in even the most ordinary setting."
Early in life Abraxas developed a curiosity for color and its presence in the world around us. Searching for a link between the grand paintings of old masters and the beauty of nature led Abraxas to the New Renaissance Academy. Libby Berry, the founder of the school, taught him the laws that govern our visual perception, the foundation of realistic painting. Implementing this knowledge allows Abraxas the ability to bring a sense of life to his work.
Growing up in coastal Delaware fostered the artist's great love and appreciation for the sea. Not surprising, many of Abraxas' works are inspired by the Delaware coastline. First Light, the artist's debut print, is a dramatic sunrise portrait of the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse as it appeared in 1924. The print was released in 1997 and was so well received that it rapidly sold out. The lighthouse depiction can also be found featured on the Cape Rose wine label from the Nassau Valley Vineyard. Abraxas' image Millennial Night also adorns the labels of select Nassau Valley wines.
His limited edition print Along the Way is being sold to raise money for the Charles Mills Boulevard, a project to beautify the coastal route in the artist's home town of Lewes, Delaware. This painting depicts a path leading to sunrise over a Delaware beach.
A love of travel has taken the young artist to a variety of inspiring landscapes. The resulting works depict rain forests and islands of Washington state, seascapes of the American Southwest, scenes of the Caribbean, and more. Recently, Abraxas expanded his Limited Edition Print portfolio with scenes of Western America. His rendition of Windansea beach in La Jolla, California at sunset has been well received by fans from around the globe. Deception Pass bridge in Washington stateís Puget Sound was perhaps the artistís most challenging painting to date, exemplifying his unwavering attention to detail.
Once again Abraxas has returned to explore the hidden jewels of the East Coast. Recently printed works honor the beauty of the Cape Henlopen State Park. The Harbor of Refuge lighthouse is viewed from the dunes of the park in one stormy image, while Gordonís Pond depicts a Great Blue Heron standing guard at dawn. His latest prints capture the tranquility of Rehoboth Beach. Midnight Reflections is a moonrise scene over crashing waves and The Boardwalk reminds us of how rewarding sunrise walks can be.
Classical oil portraiture has long been a specialty of Abraxas and his attention to detail continues to earn him many commissions. His portrait work is so highly revered among collectors that he has set a standard for contemporary artists to strive for. In an age of instant gratification, the artist who is willing to spend many months refining a piece of art has few peers, but many admirers.
Abraxas continues to create oil portraits and landscape paintings for discerning collectors, using only the highest quality archival materials available in the world.