Dale Horstman

Contact Information:

email: dhortman@process39.com


Artist Statement:

As a child and adolescent I had an overactive imagination (I guess I still do). I could often be found daydreaming and drawing. I would draw people mostly, and the occasional monster. This was mainly a habitual activity focused on entertainment. I had never considered that I would try to carve a livelihood out of it. In high school I became more interested in making art. I had the good fortune to have a teacher who encouraged me and promoted the idea that I had some facility with the human form. In college I took figure drawing classes with an almost religious fervor. I was compelled to portray the human figure in its infinite variety, portraying the rhythm and heroic poise in the figure, and human character in the portrait.

In my portrait work I seem to be portraying something more specific than in my figure work. I believe it has to do with a moment many of us experience only fleetingly. It is that moment of quiet introspection, of a personal peace, where for a moment, the question “why” that so preoccupies our minds lifts and disintegrates. A sweet afternoon as the sun sets and a warm summer breeze touches your face. It is the feeling I have when I am immersed in my work, the connection that I share with the model as I attempt to interpret what I see and work beyond my own preconceived ideas. It is a form of meditation that I find crucial for my own well being.

My medium is a synergy of technologies. The first is traditional media in the form of paper, pencils of many varieties, and charcoal. For more finished works I input them into the computer, which is a tool I have explored, experimented and used commercially for the last 20 years. I have as yet found the computer not to be as satisfying and responsive as traditional media. Art created solely on the computer often feels soulless to me. Marrying the two worlds yields a more human portrayal. After extensive reworking, additions, and manipulation, the final image is output onto paper, or projected.

Geometry 1 (2005)
9” x 13” Digital Print from 14” x 17” Pencil Drawing

Vespers (2006)
17” x 7” Digital Print from 18” x 24” Pencil Drawing

Olivia Pensive (2005)
8.5” x 11” Digital Print from 18” x 24” Pencil Drawing

Olivia Profile (2006)
14” x 17” Oil Pencil on Paper

Nicole Portrait 2 (2005)
18” x 24” Charcoal on Paper

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