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Doug Baltz (Paducah, KY, USA)
I’m an artist and I have been for most of my life. I’ve always been fascinated by shadows and the way they fall across things. Years ago my best friend died. After his passing a mutual friend gave me a photograph she took of him. It was very dark, with the shadows on his face merging into the black background. “He wanted me to take a picture of him and have his face blend into the background” she told me. I kept that picture on my wall and would often stare at it and marvel at the simplicity it gave his face. Soon I was doing the same thing in my paintings, using only the highlights of the ...
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