Inspired since youth by the beauty of nature, Abraxas paints our world awash in light, creating his own style of illuminated reality. His view being that the best art elevates the spirit and warms the heart, Abraxas seeks to honor the beauty of our world. Seascapes, landscapes, still life, and portraiture in oil and graphite are the artist’s primary genres, with commissioned works accepted on a limited basis. A constant traveler, sketchbook in hand, Abraxas challenges himself to recreate nature’s magnificence with enhanced color and lighting conditions.
Abraxas patiently observes the scenery he paints, sometimes camping among subjects of interest to allow full immersion in to an environment. The nuances of light and shadow are what define a subject and when studying nature you soon find that stillness is an illusion and the subtle motions provide many opportunities for artistic enhancement. The changing light of day, passing weather conditions and the movement of elements within a scene are all considered when executing a work of art. With so many elements to consider, often a scene’s essence can take time to present itself. Preliminary sketches are done for purposes of balance and composition, followed by the final work of art. Abraxas' works begin as impressionistic renditions and are gradually transformed in to tight representations of the subject. Although a strict adherence to the laws of nature define Abraxas’ works, artistic discretion is the joy of creation and the essence of the scene is often more interesting than its perceived reality. Artistic enhancement of natural details can transform an ordinary scene into an exquisite work of art.
Since his first painting was sold at the age of fourteen, Abraxas’ works have been collected by fine art connoisseurs from around the world. Revered for their clarity, luminism, and society’s timeless appreciation for realism, Abraxas has achieved great success in his twenty three years as a professional artist. The body and scope of his work has grown at a steady pace, especially when considering the time involved in executing intricate oil paintings. In our age of instant gratification, the artist who is willing to spend months refining a piece of art is rare and respected. Numerous accolades have been bestowed upon the young artist, but to him the highest honor an artist can receive is to hang a sold work upon a collector’s wall.
Abraxas paints with Old Holland lightfast oils and archival substrates when creating his investment grade fine art, a measure that ensures multi-generational longevity.