Overhead Passageways at Columbia Presbyterian (I), 2012,

Graphite on blue paper with blue threads, 11 3/8 x 12 3/4 inches


There is one thing I think realism is definitely not, though it is often confused with it, and that is a technique.  Technique is a skill you can learn so you don’t have to respond to what you are looking at, you don’t have to be inquisitive about it.  If something is real to you, the question becomes, not How do I do that, but What is this phenomenon I’m perceiving?                          ~Rackstraw Downes