Chuck Wood

"I'm not trying to trick the viewer. When you see the image in person, there's absolutely no doubt that it's a painting."

Better able to see colors and values against black rather than white, Chuck Wood first covers his canvas with a washy black mixed with Prussian blue or burnt sienna. The muted backdrop accentuates midtones, allowing Wood to concentrate on the refinement of his darker palette.

Details are the essence of Wood's realistic still life. With an acute eye and laborious sensitivity toward even the smallest particular, he creates each painting as an organic whole; leaving out one point would change the entire meaning.

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