Storm Clouds/Oil On Linen 26 x 34"

This oil painting launches a new series I'm working on depicting people of the American heartland. I'll be exploring many emotions by depicting character studies of everyday people as they live their lives and dream their dreams throughout our nation's landscape. My main goal is to capture the inner soul of real people and paint a moment in time that encapsulates an emotional beat in their life. Painters like Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper inspired me to embark on this journey of discovery in my own unique way.

This series will cover a wide spectrum of people ranging from happy to sad and from lovely to hard weathered. The common denominator will be the truth in what I see—taken as it comes. In my first painting of this series, "Storm Clouds," I took the opportunity to delve into a man's life at a moment when he is dealing with deep feelings and bitter choices.

We have all been cheated. We have all experienced loss. It is what we do in the aftermath that set's the course of our individual life and those around us. "Storm Clouds" captures this inner struggle as it is set against the backdrop of the American West.

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  1. Wow! Wow! This is tough. Really strong. His face glows. I can't help but look at him. I see a bit of Wyeth here but you certainly have you're own voice. I enjoy reading your comments about your work. There is passion here!

  2. You have a very interesting emotion going on here. Many artists are angry but their work doesn't have that raw power to give it depth---it's just angry. This painting has a deeper meaning that makes me wonder why he's standing out in the middle of a field. Who cheated him? Is he adrift or waiting to strike? These questions create a stong intensity for me.

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  4. I appolgize for deleting your comment. While I do appreciate your kind words concerning my art I like to avoid negative thoughts about other artists. Thanks for understanding.

  5. Sorry. I'll try it again. Your work is very nice. You have your own style here and I like your edge work. His face glows. I don't see that much in paintings. I can't help but look at it along with the intensity---it is very passionate.

  6. Thanks for the detail of the face. The brush work is excellent.

  7. Mr. Sapulich,

    I found your piece among the American Artist Cover Competition entries and I wanted you to know that I think it is spectacular!