This week’s featured artwork – a painting of Dirk Liechty on canvas in oil – was created by Annali Smucker, a junior art major. She crafted the painting as part of the Advanced Painting class held in the Union gymnasium last fall. Smucker explored with skin tone and bone structure of the human body.

“We had to create multiple skin tone colors on our palette before we even begun painting,” Smucker said. “There are many layers on this painting, but oil paint is slow drying and each layer has to dry in between session to work. It took a number of class periods.”

Since oil paint is not water based, it requires extensive cleanup. Smucker recalled that students often left the class covered in paint.

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