Snow Birds (cropped at bottom), 9.5 x 12.25 inches, watercolor on paper.
Old Clammer, 13.5 x 10 inches, watercolor on paper.
“I’m at a point in time where I have had very little art training but
have just decided to immerse myself into it,” he says. “So I have been
frantically learning and frantically painting and hopefully the painting
is catching up.”
He also likens this atypical route to mastery to that of perfecting a
“I play tennis and my struggle has always been the serve,” he says.
“If you analyze the serve, there are about 18 different parts to it. There
are a lot of isolated thought processes involved, but it eventually
becomes a fluid thing. I compare that same process to the process
of art. There is so much involved and you hope that by learning all of
these small pieces, they can be put together to produce something
that looks good.”
DeChesere describes himself as a perfectionist, making his chosen
mediums particularly interesting. Not only are watercolors and pastels
different mediums, requiring vastly different approaches and affording
very different opportunities, but they are both notoriously challeng-ing
to perfect. As he continues to draw inspiration from local artists
and develop his already impressive skills, DeChesere’s paintings are
certain to appear in shows, galleries and homes across the state in the
months to come.
Appealing simultaneously to one’s sense of adventure and to the
universally shared experiences of humanity and nature, DeChesere’s
carefully balanced and earnestly undertaken pieces are arresting,
moving, and engaging.