Rod Chase
ROD CHASE ART
 
Art of Light and Shadow

Rod Chase is known to his collectors for painting photo realism at its finest. He takes hundreds of photographs of each of his subjects, combining them with historical photographs, to produce a timeless quality in each of his works.  "Being a photo-realist, I am dependent on finding accurate reference material for each painting."

Rod Chase spent a week photographing Washington's landmarks, including The White House, The Capital and the Supreme Court building among others.  Rising early each day, he photographed the dramatic light of sunrise, and late in the day he revisited several sites to capture the soft, moody glow of twilight.  The resulting paintings are a combination of his research and the artist's unique ability to lend drama & simple elegance to his subjects.  The Foundations of Freedom series was created in this manner over the past year & a half.

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Rod Chase's travels have led him from New York and Washington, D.C. to Colorado and California and finally to Italy in a never-ending search to obtain materials and photography for new paintings.
Recently released are 27 of his beautiful images and creating a breathtaking series called 
'The Art of Light and Shadow: Elegant Realism in Sepia or Black and White'.
A Beacon of Hope
A Beacon of Hope
A Grateful Nation
A Grateful Nation
Honored Glory
Honored Glory
Americas Home
Americas Home
Evening on the Hill
Evening on the Hill
Jeffersons Monticello
Jeffersons Monticello
Justice for All
Justice for All
Land of Liberty
Land of Liberty
Land of the Free
Land of the Free
Libertys Light
Libertys Light
Magnificent Destiny
Magnificent Destiny
Pillars of Freedom
Pillars of Freedom
We the People
We the People
Texas Capitol
Texas Capitol
The Alamo
The Alamo
Winters Eve
Winters Eve
Twilight in Central Park
Twilight in Central Park
City Lights
City Lights
Amalfi Lights
Amalfi Lights
Blakemore Vale
Blackmore Vale
Evening in Venice
Evening in Venice
Florence Jewel of the Renaissance
Florence Jewel of the Renaissance
Gloria di Maria
Gloria di Maria
Hills of Chianti
Hills of Chianti
The Glory of San Pietro
The Glory of San Pietro
The Mists of Morning
The Mists of Morning
Via dell' Amore
Via dell' Amore


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While the painting is based on a single black and white photo, hundreds of additional photographs are used to help determine color and create additional detail.

Rod Chase divides the painting into small sections, bringing each area to a finish before proceeding to the next. The acrylic paint is applied in thin layers so as to leave no visible brushstrokes. Occasionally, he uses an Iwata airbrush to soften the sky.  Each painting usually takes two months of full time work to complete.

Born and raised in Canada. After marrying a native Texan, he moved to the United States. He and his wife, Debbie, have five children. The family recently moved from the Houston area to the Texas Hill Country. In 1999, he became a United States citizen.