"The way Bernini can depict the pushing and pulling of force was well beyond what was normal at that time," says Skotnes, whose inspiration from Italian Master artists has been a drive for his artwork since the beginning. Like Caravaggio's striking spotlight on human figures, or Bernini's ability to depict flesh from chiseled stone, Skotnes' is bold in contrast, intensity and mood. This artwork "Homage to Bernini" is a fascinating use of light and shadow to illuminate the intensity of muscular strength with the softness of skin and flesh. By using bold greens and yellows the artwork becomes vivid, yet its statuesque elements remain at the forefront in style and design. Even more intriguing is the juxtaposition of solid brushstrokes that seem to whisp away from the subject like strings of a body in motion.

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