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I choose realism to pursue this goal because it is easily understood, and it compliments the subject matter. For instance, when I paint a tree realistically, I learn about it's adaptation and whether it was ravaged or nourished by nature. That tree writes its history through the way it has grown and adapted, and if I take the time to fully observe that tree, I will learn about these things and can share them through my art. Thus, I help others gain subtle, deep learning of the unfolding mysteries of Nature.
I am not ashamed that my art is believable and easy to recognize. Nor do I need to apologize for doing traditional art rather than conforming to the popular modernist movement. I am inspired to do what I do - and do it as best I can, and - hopefully, I can create what I want to see in the world - inspiration, beauty, curiosity, and love.