A few words, maybe more, from "The Painter of Dark," Lewis Barrett
I'm Lewis Barrett Lehrman, veteran graphic artist and
illustrator, professional watercolorist, teacher of watercolor and artistic
journaling at the Scottsdale (AZ) Artists' School and elsewhere, and
author of six books on art for artists. For three years, I served as
founding American Editor for International Artist Magazine and helped
to launch the publication. These days, however, you'll find me in my
studio most of the time, working on spooky commissioned paintings, as
well as new subjects for The Haunted Studio.|
My career as a fine artist began back in 1984, following over
twenty-five years in graphic design and illustration, and I've been
painting and writing pretty much full time ever since. The Haunted
Studio has been my baby for the last seven or eight years, and I've
built its spooky collection from just a few paintings and prints, to
its present -- and still growing -- gallery of subjects. Will I ever
run out of ideas? Never! I've got so many backed up in my head and
CLAMORING to get out, I'll never get to do them all!
How did I become interested in painting the haunted world? I trace it
back to the summer of 1944, the year I turned eleven! That was when my
aunt and uncle invited me to spend a month with them on a mid-western
farm. I was a New York city kid, a budding artist even then, and to
say I was excited at making the trip -- by myself!! -- on an overnight
Pullman sleeper train to Battle Creek, Michigan, would be understating
my feelings by quite a bit. Sleepless with excitement, I spent that
night, nose pressed to the window, gazing out at moonlit farmlands,
lonely houses lit by solitary lights, as we rolled past in the
darkness. They're images I remember to this day, so it was only
natural that I'd be drawn to painting the night. From painting the
night it was a short hop to Halloween.
Through the mid '80's and into the early '90's, my wife and I owned
an art gallery which featured my work as well as that of other
artists. Night scenes -- and then Halloween scenes -- were always
popular subjects. The more I painted them, the more they sold. And
people loved them! Today, many of them live on mainly in memory, as
they have long since left my world.
Those were the years before the Internet, high quality scanning and
digital giclée (high quality ink-jet) printing, and all the technology
which we take for granted today, all of which have now made it
possible to produce incredibly faithful reproductions in small
quantities, and which also helped make The Haunted Studio possible.
These days, The Haunted Studio and its activities occupy a great deal
of my creative time. I have come to think of myself as "Painter of Dark."
Thanks to the wonders of digital printing, I control every step of the
reproduction of my paintings, from scanning through retouching,
adjusting, tweaking, and watching each and every sheet as it inches
from the giclée printer. With the exception of the Premiere Limited Edition
series, I do everything in house, guaranteeing that each print is completely
faithful to my painting. The results I'm able to achieve with today's state-of-the-art
equipment, combined with finicky perfectionism, are simply amazing!
Want to see more? Additional spooky subjects are gestating
even as you read this! Stay tuned!
All art print graphics and text are used with permission and Copyright © Lewis Barrett Lehrman. All rights reserved.
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