Tony LaPorte

 

Though he has only recently joined the artists of the Center for the Arts, Tony LaPorte has already displayed a great deal of natural talent. Immediately showing a great enthusiasm for the physical process of creation, Tony quickly developed a variety of skills and techniques which he continues to utilize to good effect.

Though he employs many media, including markers, oil pastels, colored pencils, paint markers and watercolor, his favorite seems to be acrylic paint. Acrylics allow for a thick application, and Tony not only enjoys the actual process of spreading the paint in thick layers over a support, but also prizes the rich textures that such an application results in. Tony has developed several techniques for the application of paint. He often begins by using a brush and then moves on to various improvised stamps, dipping such things as wooden blocks and the round ends of house paint rollers into the paint and creating repeated patterns with them on the painted surface.

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