Kevin Warning has always been inspired by great artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, with her large flowing flowers. Norman Rockwell with his portraits of everyday American people was probably his earliest inspiration. Kevin would sit and study his paintings for a long time. French post – impressionist Georges Pierre Seurat’s painting “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte”, is the most inspiring painting for Kevin. It took two years to paint, and consisted of approximately 3,486,000 dots.
Although Kevin can be found working with many different mediums, he primarily works with acrylics.
In his paintings acrylic binders are premixed with the acrylic paint. This is poured and manipulated onto the substrates. Most are painted on a wood substrate to prevent the weight of the paint to pool into the center of the canvasses. The final coat is a two part resin to enhance and maintain the high gloss of the acrylic paint and binder that was used.
Outside of high school art class, Kevin has not studied formally. As a young adult he had made and painted wood crafts. This style of decorative painting taught him to layer colors creating interest and depth. This influence is seen in his paintings today.
When asked what he enjoys most about creating art, he replies "Well, it is just a part of me. When I am in the zone I get lost in the process. I remember when I was a small child I would be drawing or crafting something all the time. I don’t think I would be able to function very well if I could not be creative in one way or another. In fact, I do not know a time I have not been creative. It is who I am."
Leonardo DaVinci once said “Art is never finished only abandoned”. Kevin thinks that may be the feeling for most artists. It is definitely true for him.