Born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1951, Larry Preston spent his teenage years at the Worcester Art Museum viewing the museum's collection of Flemish still life paintings. He tried to imitate their work and in so doing, arrived at the technique he uses today to paint his still lifes and landscapes. Completely self-taught, his work evolved over many years.
In his late teens, Larry embarked on what became a successful career as a musician. After 20 years in the music business, he ultimately decided to return to his first love, painting. Upon his return, he experimented with many different styles of painting, including surrealism and abstract. Echoing his love of the paintings he saw as a teenager, his desire to paint still lifes and landscapes eventually took over.
He chooses to paint those objects he sees around him; simple, everyday objects that he finds beautiful and that are all too often overlooked.
Larry Preston's work has won numerous national awards including several from The Artist's Magazine, The Art Calendar and many juried art exhibits. He was a featured artist in The American Artist Magazine (July/August 2005) and was featured in the American Art Collector Magazine in the April 2009 and the April 2011 issues. His work is included in national and international collections. His work can be seen in many illustrations for newspapers and national magazines and he has been a featured artist for PBS auctions.
Painting in oil on linen or canvas Larry has developed a technique, sketching his subject first in charcoal and turpentine then applying many semi-transparent oil glazes over the original sketch. The resulting work has great depth and a luminous quality. A quiet, introspective quality is evident in his still lives and landscapes.
"I paint what I find beautiful. I do not paint to be relevant, for an audience or make any statement other than the beauty to be found in the objects I choose to paint. If the viewer chooses to attach some meaning to my work, that would be their prerogative. I find that, in this modern world, there is too little observance of the beauty in our surroundings. The real importance in our lives. I paint to remind myself what I find important and beautiful and to experience the process of painting my chosen object. I paint for myself and the process. I am very pleased that my work resonates with people." -LP