I started painting in high school and identified strongly as a portrait painter, NOT a landscape painter. I was serious about this, damnit! I would put in my time on the background of the painting like eating my vegetables so I could skip to dessert - the portrait. This preference was so strong that it often blocked me from working on a painting.
Since making art more consistently, I have discovered:
- I actually enjoy painting landscapes
- One is not better than the other. Or as Paul Reps said, "each is best.
As usual, the next step involved getting out of my own way!
I love my little painting, Bromance, and how it toes the line of landscape and portrait: