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 Larry Preston  (1951 - )

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: fruit and floral still life and bucolic landscape painting

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Biography from Principle Gallery:
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1951, Larry Preston spent his teenage years at the Worcester Art Museum viewing the museum’s collection of Flemish still life paintings. He tried to imitate their work, and in so doing, arrived at the technique he uses today to paint his still lifes and landscapes.  Completely self taught, his work evolved over many years.

In his late teens, Larry Preston embarked on what became a successful career as a musician.  After 20 years in the music business, he ultimately decided to return to his first love, painting.  Upon his return, he experimented with many different styles of painting, including Surrealism and Abstraction.  Echoing his love of the paintings he viewed as a teenager, his desire to paint still lifes and landscapes eventually took over.

He chooses to paint those objects he sees around him---simple, everyday objects that he finds beautiful and that are all to often overlooked.  A single flower or a piece of fruit celebrating the beauty to be found around us.  Landscapes inspired by the bucolic scenes to be found around his Western Massachusetts home.

Larry Preston’s work has won awards including several from The Artist’s Magazine and the Art Calendar.   He is a recent featured artist in The American Artist Magazine(July/August 2005), and he has been a featured artist for PBS auctions.

Painting in oil on panel, linen or canvas, Larry Preston has developed a technique of sketching his subject first in charcoal and turpentine and then applying many semi-transparent oil glazes over the original sketch.  The resulting work has great depth and a luminous quality.  A quiet, introspective quality is evident in his still lifes and landscapes

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