Gene Van Essen


Gene Van Essen

As an artist, Van Essen finds the process of painting more enjoyable than the finished work, it is about the excitement of the journey, more than just the destination. He paints with bold brush strokes and contrasting values, which gives life and drama to the artwork. His work is an illusion of color and texture, hoping to create an emotional response from the viewer. A plein-air artists, Van Essen allows nature to be the teacher. As student, painting out doors allows him to to study the light and values with his eyes rather than his mind. Plein-air breaks down his preconceived ideas and shows only truth.