About six months ago Jay Thaisetthawatkul, a junior in physics and a Russian double major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, first picked up the brush and started painting. He was originally inspired after a trip to France during his freshman year of high school, and he eventually started college.

“I started out in art by going to France,” Thaisetthawatkul said. “I saw all the museums there and thought it was very interesting. But I never really started until I came to Lincoln.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, a French impressionist painter, is one of the artists who caught Thaisetthawatkul’s attention. Jacques-Louis David’s “The Coronation of Napoleon” and all the other Impressionist arts in the Louvre was one of the reasons he wanted to start painting, Thaisetthawatkul said.

Thaisetthawatkul was not only inspired by painting during his trip to France, but he also drew inspiration from the art that surrounded his region.

“In Omaha, at the Joslyn Art Museum, I remember seeing some paintings by Robert-Henri, who is an American painter, and I really liked the portraits, ”Thaisetthawatkul said.

After starting his career as an artist, Thaisetthawatkul explored different types of paintings. Thaisetthawatkul said the portraits were more vivid and less boring than landscapes and other styles of painting.

While it is important what type of image the artist chooses to paint, there are many other aspects to painting, such as the color palette, the different types of paint, the canvas, and how artists use them. brush strokes. Going forward, Thaisetthawatkul said he would like to be able to build his own canvas to have control over the painting as a whole.

“When it comes to painting as a craft, there are almost two sides,” Thaisetthawatkul said. “There is this art which has to do with the expression of things by the artist, and then there is the artisan side, which is knowing how to build a canvas.

Alex Hack, a political science student at the University of Nebraska Omaha and a friend of Thaisetthawatkul since college, said Thaisetthawatkul enjoys learning a lot of knowledge and new skills, including painting and other subjects like science.

Thaisetthawatkul focuses his realistic portraits on the people who surround his daily life. An example of such portraits is that of Hack, who received a black and white portrait of himself from Thaisetthawatkul.

“I thought it was really cool; it was completely out of the blue, ”Hack said. “He just gave it to me, and it was really surprising.”

Art is relaxing, but it can also be time consuming and requires a lot of skill. One of the most important skills in oil painting is seeing. It’s important to deconstruct and find the raw data that people perceive in order to paint accurately, said Thaisetthawatkul.

“I think painting isn’t about making it super realistic, that’s why we have photography, so painting almost takes a different step in the art realm now,” Thaisetthawatkul said. “With painting, it’s about the artist’s perception and more so about simplifying the things around you and choosing the things that are most important.”

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