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James Verdugo expresses on canvas the beauty and nostalgia of the Victorian years. Working in an impressionistic style, dots and splashed of pastel color merge to become Sunday promenades, a stroll along the seacoast, or a garden rendezvous.
Femininity is personified in the delightful wardrobe of bustles, skirts, bloomers, ribbons, and lace. The inspiration for his statuesque women is his wife, Gloria, who also helps to design the Victorian era clothing and props used in his paintings. Often Verdugo also uses his daughter, Johanna, as a model.
Verdugo’s style compares to the Neo-Impressionists, notably Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. His technique is not imitative however, for unlike these early predecessors who applied numerous dots of color closely together, Verdugo daubs his color on the canvas in bold strokes, apart from each other. This separateness lends individual attention to each hue, adding greater contrast and depth to the painting.
Verdugo credits his successful career to his years of study with the noted artist Theodore Lukits of Los Angeles. He later studied under Lukit’s student, Mario Reuda. From them Verdugo learned the psychology of composition and the principles of color. Learning and employing these key laws of art greatly advanced his artistic growth, and it is now Verdugo who is admired and respected by aspiring artists for guidance and knowledge.
As an artist who is recognized throughout the country, Verdugo’s paintings are well sought after.