Many people don’t know this, but at times, I paint Grand Canyon landscapes to relax. I have about a dozen or so landscape paintings lying about in various stages of completion in my cramped apartment.
After a hard day of writing and drawing comics all day, I often look forward to my oil paintings to unwind and relieve the pressure of the work day. The rhythmic motion of slapping paint onto canvas has a soothing effect on me.
The funny thing is that when I was growing up, I thought landscape paintings were beneath me. I thought they were the dreck of art, just above modern abstract art. But one incredible painter changed my perception on landscape painting -Thomas Moran. His Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon paintings were awe inspiring. When I first saw his paintings in person at the National Art Gallery in Washington DC, it was as if I was struck by lighting. I was literally stunned at the sight and sheer beauty of it all. It completely changed my attitude and my bias against landscape paintings in an instant.
Thomas Moran is the yardstick that I measure all other landscape painters with. That man is in a class all by himself.
This is an oil painting that I did about a year ago when my marriage was falling apart. It was a prelim for a bigger painting that I was hoping to do later on.
– Frank Cho