Tom Cardamone

Some Stuff     
When I was a little boy, there was a time that I wanted to be a magician. But that ambition was short-lived, along with my desire to be a fireman.

As time went on, I eventually became obsessed with becoming an artist. I love to draw and paint the reality of what I see. As an illustrator, my medium has been pen and ink, gouache and dyes. But as a serious painter, acrylics afford me a broader means of expression.

While I consider myself a representational artist, I do not try to simulate a photograph. Yet lately I have heard, too often, the disturbing comment about my work " looks like a photograph...". Actually, I had hoped my work looked "realistic".

So one day, out of frustration, I decided to try a trompe l'oeil painting. I wanted to paint a still life with such realism that one would want to touch it to see if it were real. It worked. I finally found myself. "Some Stuff" is one of a series of such paintings.

I rarely paint just for the sake of painting. My subject must consist of a combination of challenging textures, form and depth. Occasionally, I search for a subject no one else would find interesting enough to paint, which adds to the element of surprise.

After all, art in itself is visual trickery - not unlike the illusions of a magician.

Tom Cardamone