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Stuart J Gourlay

San Rafael, CA

As an artist I depict on the canvas what I see in my daily life that interests me. I am often attracted to buildings and other manmade objects and to the interrelationships between people and their environment. My primary medium is oil paint, but I do sketch in pen and ink and paint in acrylics and watercolors. I am most comfortable with representational images and would describe myself to others as a contemporary realistic painter. People often comment on the detail they see in my work and how realistic the paintings look. Until 2007 my artwork was almost exclusively created in the studio and from photographic reference materials. Since that time, the primary focus of my work has been to control my detail and develop a looser style by pursuing outdoor, or en plein aire, painting. This has not been as easy as I initially thought it would be, but as my experience increases, I am seeing steady improvement in both my plein air and studio paintings.

I first began painting in oils at the age of 9 with a professional art tutor. I picked up a brush again after medical school and painted in acrylics for years, teaching myself to paint from books and videos. About 18 years ago I returned to oils with numerous painting classes, live workshops, and online and recorded video lessons. Now that I have closed my general surgery practice and started working part time as a “travelling surgeon”, I am able to devote more time to my art and to paint where my travels take me, entering plein air contests, and showing my art in shows.

Paradise Point Morning

Stuart Gourlay