Photo: Tina and Gerry
Lake Placid, Adirondacks, 1980’s
Contemporary Impressionist, Gerard Radke
I served with the United States Air Force in the Far East and Europe. After
military service I joined the police department working as a forensic artist,
patrol and administration. I received a BA in Criminal Justice from Alvernia
University in 1976.
Responding to the invention that captivated all of Europe, Claude Monet
announced that he would "capture an image the camera cannot," and
Impressionism was born. My overall style is Contemporary Impressionism.
Contemporary Impressionism is a very broad category, which basically
includes, any work or body of work done in a realistic or representational
style. I have long believed “Works need not portray every blade of grass to
capture the spirit of the subject. What you leave out can be just as
important as what you put in.”
In February of 2005 I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I had surgery
followed by chemotherapy. I retired as Chief of Police from the Exeter
Township Police Department in January of 2006. I am now working as a
full time artist.
Gerard Radke Contemporary Impressionist PoliceArtist.com
About the Artist
Gerry on the Adirondack railroad
Watercolors suspend pigment in water with a sticky binder, usually gum arabic which helps the pigment adhere to the
surface of the paper when dry. Watercolor is usually painted on paper. The fibers of the paper help to hold the
suspended pigments in place. Watercolor is transparent, but there is no white transparent pigment; any white area in a
watercolor is simply unpainted paper.
When a work is “mixed media,” an artist uses more than one
medium in a piece of art. For example, a work on canvas that
combines paint, ink, and collage could properly be called a "mixed
media" work, or it could mean something as simple as mixing
pencil and watercolor, Leonardo da Vinci mixed pastels with other
drawing media. James Wyeth now works extensively in what he
terms "combined mediums".that primarily consists of watercolor
and gouache painted with thick impasto layered with selective
Golden Open Acrylics
This is a professional line of colors and mediums formulated with a unique, relaxed set of working properties that stay wet
longer, even in outdoor conditions. Their versatility allows artists to explore a wider range of techniques that rely on
softening, shading, glazing, and creating fine detail. Open Acrylics remain wet on the palette for extended periods of time.
Their remarkable working time makes them an ideal choice for many techniques.
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