Historically, still lifes were lowest in the hierarchy of painting genres. In 1669, the Secretary to the French Academy, Andre Felibien, ranked the genres thus: (1) History Painting; (2) Portraiture; (3) Genre Painting; (4) Landscapes; (5) Still Life. Scaoes and stills were lowest in ranking because they didn’t include people and so couldn’t be used as moral teachings!

Yet there is a fascination in observing the “still” world through another’s eyes. [All works acrylic on canvas unless otherwise noted.]

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