Oil on masonite highly detailed still life painting of a cut melon, apples of various colors surrounding it on a table, a spilled salt shaker and knife completing the arrangement. The work, 16" by 20" (24" by 28" framed), likely dates to the 1970's and as such would be one of the earlier works by this artist. Katon was born in Michigan and received a B.A. from Ursuline College in Ohio. For many years he has been a resident of Southern California, where he is a familiar figure in the arts community. Something of a Renaissance Man, he has had many life experiences. Today, his giclee prints after original works are available on the market. Such galleries as Merrill Chase in Chicago and Joe Wade in Santa Fe have carried his original pieces, which tend to feature Native American subjects, and animals. See the website for more on the artist. This painting shows very fine detail such as droplets on the apples, and the arrangement is masterful. The artist uses varnish to achieve various shadow effects. A more up to date frame would be desirable. White speckling at upper left is just reflection, not losses.
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