Louis Degni

Louis Degni

Born in 1952 in central New York State Louis Degni started painting and drawing at an early age. Teachers advised that Louis should receive some formal training beyond regular school but the expense of formal training was too great. Instead at the age of 16 he apprenticed with and Italian master heavily involved in church art murals and restoration. A few years later Louis majored in studio art, during his early college days, and later Education at the State University of Geneseo, New York, USA. Life circumstances changed and Louis stopped creating paintings for many years. More recently he has returned to his passion of oil painting and finally, there is nothing left to prevent his pursuit of art. Over the course of may years Louis developed this simple philosophy about artistic endeavors: “After years of training and practice I have come to believe that you are an artist until someone tells you that you are not and you actually believe that.” The creative spirit lives in all of us. Only the technical pieces of observation and media usage and control need to be taught. I spend hours looking at water, clouds and flowers before putting brush to canvas. And each time I paint a cloud or a reflection in water on a canvas I feel a great sense of joy. For me painting is both a meditative process and a way to express what I cannot say with words. So wanting to share my view of the world around me, the simple pleasures and the beauty of life are my motivation for painting. Or in other words I paint to express myself and my heart is really in it.”

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