Hello. I am a fine artist, designer and photographer, and digital image editing specialist.
Having had some traditional training, I consider myself a self-taught painter due to my total immersion into a highly self-motivated learning process outside the realm of formal instruction -- for the most part, self-taught.
My technique is very similar to that of the old masters, a structured approach that skillfully incorporates a modern feel with a contemporary style. I try to capture specific moments of a scene as objectively as possible with a certain believability and authenticity while continuing to advance a style of painting that blends detail with the elegant aesthetics of a fine art painting.
Photographing flowers is immensely interesting to me so most of what I paint these days are flowers. My sketchbook is a digital camera with a macro lens which I use to try and create compelling compositions that combine movement, rhythm & repetition, light & shadow on form, chaos & harmony, and of course, color. I think flowers are most remarkable constructs and continue to be awed by the mathematics of repeating patterns underlying their beauty. Like so much of the natural world, flower blossoms grow and develop according to the mathematics of precise logarithmic spirals, increasing in size but never changing their shape, ever growing without ever changing proportions. Their color and variety make me feel good and command my attention while the blossoming of a flower triggers the sense that something special is coming.
As a digital image editor for most of my professional career of more than 40 years, I now use digital technology to examine and edit, larger than life, the flowers I photograph. Whereas a still life painter seeks to capture an impression of a fleeting moment of light and time, I methodically seek a perfection that reveals the intricacy and elegance of their design.
“I am following Nature without being able to grasp her, I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” - Claude Monet
As a professional fine artist and graphic arts specialist, Paul Baldassini has been working with graphic images for over 40 years. For over 20 of those years Paul owned and managed Paul Baldassini Graphic Design in Boston’s Back Bay where his creative team provided graphic design and advertising services to a diverse range of clients including corporate, private and non-profit organizations.
Paul has a reputation for producing quality products through a combination of originality, materials, technical competence, and attention to the nuances of design & composition, light and color that have earned him representation and commendations in esteemed settings and publications.
Through his dedicated study of 16th and 17th century master painters, combined with his vast knowledge of modern painting techniques and digital tools, Paul attends to details that give his paintings a mannered, but nonetheless, arresting quality.
Paul has a BFA in Illustration/Graphic Arts from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston and is a Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society, (NEWS). A native of Quincy, Massachusetts, Paul, his wife and daughter reside in Middletown, Connecticut.
SHOWINGS & COMMENDATIONS
• International Artist magazine December/january 2017 “A Structured Approach” cover and 8-page article including demonstration.
• Pratique des Arts magazine Issue No. 134 June 2017 “Scenes of cafes that connect people” 4-page interview about the Café watercolors.
• International Artist magazine February/March 2015 “Florals & Gardens” Challenge No. 85 Award Winner Finalist.
• Artist’s magazine March 2015 “Over 60” Competition Award Winner Finalist.
• Wesleyan University — Zilkha Gallery “Art for Haiti” 6 paintings on display in group showing.
• Guild of Boston Artists, Newbury Street, Boston — Group show.
• Signature Member of the New England Watercolor Society, (NEWS).
• “The Face of America” Traveling show ,1994, Olde Forge, New York, which included entries by Andrew Wyeth, Philip Pearlstein, Red Grooms,
and Charles Reid among other nationally known artists.