Painting with Confidence

Confidence is one of the first things you notice about a Henry Fukuhara painting. He paints with the kind of self-assurance that literally makes “it” (painting) look easy, even when you know it’s not. He’s a self-described intuitive painter, and can’t tell you why, for instance, he chose a particular color. (Although I suspect he could tell you, but he just won’t, not wanting to infringe upon your own color impulses. “To me, color is a very individual thing,” he says. “You develop it as you go.”)

Venice Speedway (watercolor on paper)

“My goal is an innovative painting that’s more interesting than the subject,” says Fukuhara. “If you’re going to paint it the way it is, you might as well take a photograph.”

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