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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.
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Gerry on the Adirondack railroad
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Watercolor Watercolor is suspend pigment in water with a 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.
Acrylic Watercolor A watercolor is the medium or the artwork in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in water. Acrylic Watercolors unlike traditional watercolors are waterproof when dry. Extremely strong pigmentation may be used without having the paint crack or flake off the surface as is the case with the traditional paint. Another benefit to acrylic watercolors seems to be their permanence and are less subject to damage
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Mixed Media A 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 varnishes.