Reaching beyond: Realism in art

Shea Stanfield~ 5/13/2015

Marion Starr, the accomplished Australian watercolor artist, stated, “The challenge of the realist artist is to reach beyond just a representation and convey the essence of the scene, to capture something of the mood and sense of place.” She perfectly describes the photo-realism style of Prescott artist Bernie Lopez. Bernie masterfully renders brilliant desert sunsets, peaceful snow covered mountain meadows, and startlingly realistic lightning crackling across the summer sky, each demanding your attention to the natural world around us.

Bernie was born and grew up in Escondido, Calif. From a very young age, Bernie displayed an interest in the natural world around him. He captured his observations of nature’s moods in countless sketches, founding his passion for expression through his evolving art and observational skills. Bernie traveled the western United States in his 20s, encountering new subjects, landscapes, and

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