Another artist that I absolutely love is David Kroll. I was lucky enough to see a show of his work a few years ago and was totally blown away. Kroll's exemplary craftmanship and masterly use of materials is breathtaking. And of course, I love the subject matter of birds, flowers, insects, fruit, china and landscape combined in a way that reminds me of the romantic painters from the 19th century. But Kroll's works also feels very modern in their use of color and subject matter. In his artists statement, he talks of creating "refuges" from urban society, that balance "quiet and calm" with "beauty and fragility". When I saw his work in person though, I actually felt more tension and anxiety than his words would convey. I don't know if it was the color of the background landscapes or the delicacy of the subject matter itself, but for me there seemed to be an ominous, forboding quality to his paintings, like something bad had just happened, or was about to happen in the near future. Of the intention of his work he says, "I want to add a sense of balance, order and beauty to a world that is weighted in the opposite." Ok, so maybe I was just in a dark mood that day. Regardless, I walked away that day knowing that David Kroll's work is undeniably remarkable and something I would always love.