Charles Newman
I am an experiential painter. I seek to capture an experience or sensation in my work, so that the painting is felt. Painting on site, en plein air (outdoors), I strive to understand the effects of light and the moods and emotions it evokes from my surroundings. Many of my works are don all prima, which means wet into wet, mostly completed in one session in order to achieve a fresh and harmonious representation of light.
The subject matter of my paintings ranges from the overlooked industrial neighborhoods of Philadelphia to the privacy of the home. Whether painting a landscape, an interior, or a still life, I strive to express the integrity of my personal touch, as I bear witness to the moment and the changing conditions of my surroundings. Translating these elements onto the surface makes the painting process both challenging and exciting.