"Emerging" (2016) by Lonnie Christopher
The visual on this page may appear as a traditional oil painting, but it is in fact a digital painting by the American artist Lonnie Christopher. Lonnie’s passion for digital painting tools started when he was a young man. After finishing his studies in computer engineering and attending art school at night, he moved to Silicon Valley where he consulted big tech companies like Adobe to develop their paint programmes.
Life took a sudden turn when he fell sick with a mystery, life-threatening illness his doctors could not diagnose. Bedridden, he spent almost a decade unable to paint, to what turned out to be a brain abnormality. “This is why I started working with digital tools originally because it gave me a way to gain back some of what I lost. Over time I was able to paint again, but I still have a lot of perception issues, which the digital tools help me with.
This is why I started working with digital tools originally because it gave me a way to gain back some of what I lost.
The vision of what I want to make has always stayed the same, it's just how I get there now that is different. I needed a way to get through my ordeal and this did that for me, and it continues to let me create my vision of the world.”www.lonniechristopherart.com