"Texas Aesthetic X", William Reaves/Sarah Foltz Fine Art, Houston, TX
Over the years I have explored a variety of subjects and used different methods and materials to illustrate my ideas. It has been an experimental process to determine my path. I have found that still life is the best way to express those ideas, and realism is my preference for illustrating them.
Western subjects have become my focus. This coincides with family research which has put me back in touch with my roots. I was born in Colorado and grew up in both New Mexico and Texas. Both sides of my family arrived in Colorado during the 1870's-1880's. My mother's side became ranchers. My father's family came from Scotland and were farmers.
Those formative years filled me with a love for the West, and helped to shape my vision. There is an honesty about that subject, and being from early pioneer families legitimizes my involvement. These are the places where stories originated and where the ruins remain. I continually return to these places to feel inspired and rejuvenated. Adding to that resource is a library of books and movies that have influenced me personally, and our culture as a whole.
In painting terms I am a "realist". One art critic described me as a "hyper realist". My work takes time to produce, because I’m more concerned with quality rather than quantity. I use professional grade materials, and have custom stretchers or panels made for maximum stability. I prepare each surface I paint on by hand to obtain the feel I like, and in the final stages, use glazes to add luminosity. I work from life, not from photographs. Therefore, I continually search for and collect vintage and antique items that can be used for my subjects.
San Antonio, TX 1958