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Artist Jeffrey Richter
Saint Clair, Missouri
The Pin Head
Charcoal and Pastels
The Pin Head-The Pin Head was inspired by the look of antique cabinet photos andthe look of sewing pins stuck into a tomato cushion. When I was achild I would always play with my mother’s tomato pin cushion whileshe sewed our clothes and toys. I always remember my grandfathersmoking a pipe when I saw him and a black pipe sticking out of hismouth was a very defining characteristic of his appearance that hasstayed with me. Using antique cabinet photos as inspiration stems fromshuffling though my family’s old photos and really taking notice ofhow the style differs from current photos.
My drawing style, I feel, is pretty basic. Values, proportion, weight,line work, etc., are all fueled by my passion for pushing out myideas. Sometimes it’s a struggle to have so many ideas; I can barelyfinish one without the next invading my head. Many of my drawings areone entity with a very empty type of background. This approach stemsfrom a loneliness I have always felt within that separated me fromother people because of the way I think. Also, I am continuallyinfluenced by my admiration of classical sculptures having a renderedbeing with no background but the one provided by God. My drawingsconsist of a multitude of memories from my life.
To see without learned observations, reservations, modesty,generalizations and the laws. To leave everything behind you thatobscures perception and belief is to truly realize beauty. Tocomprehend beauty is to set all human learned deductions aside and toobserve beauty from the reality before you.