Title: Fallen Dragon
8 x 10"
Weight: 2.0 lbs.
A Dragonfly sits atop a wooden cube. Chess pieces govern the picture. Everything in this painting is metaphorical.
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My name is Peter Parrish. I was born in South Africa. I have been drawing (realism) since my childhood. After leaving Africa, my family arrived in California, where nobody knew how to pronounce my name. In high school I was universally recognized as the best artist; and everyone wondered how I had the patience to study human anatomy and compose mathematical equations (concerning the composition and draftsmanship of the human body). After high school, I became interested in playing the pipe organ. I have been studying music at Centenary College to attain a Bachelors of Music in Organ Performance. In case you are wondering why I did not go to art school, please read the "Awards and Achievements" section. No human taught me how to draw and paint. I was educated by God. I paint pictures for a living... but soon I will be playing the "king of instruments" in a cathedral as well as painting pictures for a living.
I believe all art should be well crafted, well composed, and well educated. Therefore I believe the highest form of art to be Classical Realism, because this form of art stresses intelligence, educated observation, flawless method, and mathematical composition. Likewise, all art should appear beautiful to the human eye, or it is worthless. I believe a painter should paint with brainpower, not with animalistic "expression" (as abstractionists believe). Every human eye knows terrible art when they see it (whether their brain admits it or not); but only the educated eye can truly see the perfect.
I won a talent Scholarship in high school for best artist. After high school I tried attending Laguna College of Art and Design (a realist school), but I was better than anyone else, including the teachers, so I dropped out. Ever since I have been pursuing a degree in pipe organ performance as well as building a portfolio of paintings. I haven't tried winning any awards, because my paintings are my achievements. See for yourself.
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