American artist Michael Carson makes paintings that seem to touch us with a feeling simultaneously tender and tragic. His subjects walk through vibrant bars, clubs, cafés, and dance studios and go about their routine or gaze directly at the viewer in order to invite us into their lives.
Formally trained in design, Carson creates paintings with a hazy atmosphere that reminds one of Impressionist works. He states he’s influenced by the likes of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell, and Malcom Liepke.
“I like the fact that the face can be such a subtle subject and one brush stroke can be the difference in the feel of the entire piece,” he said of his process. “That gives me the ability to work in one subject matter and still find that I learn something new in every painting.” [source]