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Liberty's Light by Rod Chase ~
Being a photo-realist, I am very dependent on finding accurate reference
materials for each painting. It is not always easy, but I've found the
National Archives to be a treasure trove - especially for early photos
of Washington. I especially enjoyed working out how to feature the gas
lights. Although the Capitol dome was lighted by electricity in 1919,
the lamps outside were gas, giving the whole scene a misty, moody glow.
And by the way, the inset on the gold-framed paper print says, "One
Nation, Under God."
As one of today’s
finest and most recognized photorealist painters, Rod Chase has earned
the highest respect of his peers and the admiration of legions of
collectors. Each painting from the artist’s easel is a masterpiece
created from extensive research and numerous photographs of each of his
subjects. This technique, along with the aid of historical photographs,
results in a timeless quality in each of Chase’s works.
quest for mystique, accuracy, and a true sense of history, Chase does
extensive research. His travels have led him from New York and
Washington, D.C. to Colorado and California and finally to Italy in a
never-ending search to obtain materials and photography for new
paintings. The talented artist says, "Being a photorealist, I am
dependent on finding accurate reference material for each painting.”
Chase works with acrylics on canvas, spending hundreds of hours on each
painting with the ultimate goal of presenting a fresh, unique, and
elegant approach to familiar subjects. The detail in each painting is
remarkable, but the mood each is equally impressive.
acknowledged as a master of breathtaking scenes depicting our country’s
natural and historical treasures. He has painted images of such famous
landmarks as The White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court
building to name a few. As a naturalized citizen, he felt honored as
well as professionally challenged to paint these subjects.
also paints magnificent foreign landscapes. His travels in Italy
inspired him to paint St. Peter’s Basilica and the romantic canals of
Venice. The artist’s outstanding talent in his use of light is evident
in "The Glory of San Pietro” and "The Mists of Morning.” Without
traveling to these world-famous locales, the viewer is able to feel as
if the scene is unfolding before them in person.
Rising early to
photograph the dramatic light of sunrise or awaiting the soft, moody
glow of sunset, Chase captures the emotion and direction in which he
will paint his subject. The artist will continue to create elegant,
awe-inspiring scenes by combining antique and modern photographs with
just the right touch of artistic license.