classical roots, 21st century style

Aaron’s Bio

Classical ArtWelcome to Thin Air Art. I studied drawing and painting at Classical Art Online, an online program dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of representational art.


I am influenced by the "usual suspects", both past & present: Anders Zorn, John Singer Sargent, Richard Schmid, Daniel Gerhartz, Scott Burdick, etc.


  • Twisty Puzzles

    Twisty Puzzles, Oil PaintingWhy paint just one Rubik’s puzzle when you can paint six? It certainly seemed like a good idea at the time! The complexity of patterns, and difficulty of perspective, made this a very challenging painting. It might actually be easier to solve a Rubik’s cube, then to paint one. The other puzzles included in the composition are a Meffert’s Pyraminx, Rubik’s Missing Link, Rubik’s UFO, and a Rubik’s Snake.

    9 x 12 – Oil on linen

  • Souvenirs

    Souvenirs, Oil PaintingA collection of souvenirs from my international travels. The colorful pattern on the Swedish “Dala” horse was challenging, yet definitely fun to paint. Fading into the background on the right side of the composition is a Maori “Infinity Symbol” from New Zealand. Various foreign currency fills out the foreground, punctuated by the brighter tones of a “fiver” from Australia.

    12 x 16 – Oil on linen

  • Petals

    Petals, Oil PaintingThe subtle forms of an orchid petal were the basis for this still life. Capturing the luminosity of the white petals under a spotlight proved challenging. A careful balance of light & shadow was needed to accommodate the lighter tones of the orchid petal.

    The majority of this piece was actually painted twice. About half way through I realized it wasn’t heading in the right direction, scraped off as much paint as I could, and started over.

    7 x 9.5 – Oil on linen

  • Dungeon Master

    Dungeon Master, Oil PaintingMy theme for this still life was “fantasy literature and gaming”. I dug through my closet boxes and found a couple old paperbacks and playing cards. I paired those items with gaming dice (d4, d6 & d12) and a 72mm figurine I had painted a few years earlier. The faux marble ball & pedestal had been lurking on my wife’s bookshelf for a couple years.

    The dramatic lighting for the setup was achieved by staging the still life in a crate covered in foam core to block out unwanted light. I eventually dropped some of the elements of the crate from the painting, opting instead to leave the composition more open.

    15 x 10 – Oil on linen