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ORIGINAL OIL PAINTINGS
BARRY R. JETER
Why are you working in oils now?
Back in the late Seventies (I'm definitely showing my age) I was working in oils exclusively and most of my work was done with a palette knife directly on canvas.... I was learning. I remember a lady commissioning me to do two rather large pieces, copies of an Italian painter's work of which she had prints. I recall how much fun it was and that the result was quite pleasing for both of us. I would have continued in oils had I not just begun to experiment with watercolor, seriously studying Winslow Homer's and Andrew Wyeth's work. Shortly thereafter I met Frederick C. Graff, an accomplished watercolorist who soon became my mentor. Upon seeing his work I was convinced that watercolor did not have to have a "washed out", wimpy look but could be handled in a strong, bold manner... I dove in. It only took me on a twenty-five year journey to where now I finally feel comfortable in saying I have enough control of the watercolor medium to successfully make my visual statement, not perfectly every time but in the ballpark.
While on a painting trip to Maine a few years ago I took a small set of oils and a couple of canvases. I thought I would get reacquainted. Although you won't see those two particular paintings on this site I was rather amazed at how switching gears to oils was not all that difficult.
A little different approach.......oil paintings matted and under glass.
For years now my favorite painting surface has been a 100 percent cotton archival grade illustration board due to its smooth surface which allows for nice detail work if one so chooses. I thought I would give it a try with oils using the paint in somewhat of a watercolor fashion, transparent in some places, opaque in others. I felt at home using my watercolor techniques with oils on a friendly painting surface instead of the traditional canvas. I have even matted and framed the artwork very much like a watercolor, with glass protecting the surface. But I wondered about the longevity of the piece. Thus I called the head conservator of a major metropolitan art museum. Our discussion covered oil paint on archival illustration board along with showing the piece matted and framed under glass. I am happy to say all were approved.
A different website?
No, I don't think it's necessary. I have far too many friends who look for me at this address. So for now, just click on the Oil Painting Gallery!
Thank you to all who have visited my new gallery. I do hope you will stop by again and please feel free to e-mail or call with any questions you might have.
Answers to questions.......
Image size 20"x30"
Are you going to quit working in watercolor?
Absolutely not. You may find, however, that some of my paintings will be a mixed media.
These original oil paintings by Barry R. Jeter are unique in that they are obviously one of a kind. Care has been taken to select the most permanent of pigments and only archival painting surfaces have been used. No reproductions of these paintings may be made or have been made without the written authorization of the artist.