AO brings an energy, love of sports, love of design and the many athletic influences to his canvas. His pursuit of top notched quality, design, color contrast, creativity and balance, like an athlete, is one of his top priorities.
Visually seeing one of AO’s sports portraits, the viewer experiences the painter’s passion for his subject, and his ability to show depth, rawness and color contrast. AO wants the athlete to “jump off” the canvas. His “coming at cha’” poses and graphic design-like compositions have an uncanny sense of poster-ready quality.
There seems to be a discipline and determination, fight and finish, abstract and order, in every one of AO’s paintings.
AO’s gritty, blue collar background and upbringing are reflected in is his unrestricted but controlled painting techniques. AO uses bold lines, an abstract mix of colors, aggressive, contrasting colors and various shapes and forms to enhance the complimentary background space.
His media include acrylic paint, oil paint, latex paint, stencils, spray paint, canvas, wood and masonite. AO often confesses – “In art, if the piece needs it – I’ll use it.”
He hopes one day to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the greats like Holland and Neiman – but knows there is still much work to be done and so much more to learn. Until then, he will grind away on project after project: at the drawing table, laptop and at the canvas to make his next great piece better then the one before – just a like any athlete at work – focus, technique, repetition and gritty determination.