Palette is not an alien word to New Orleans artist James Michalopoulos. His color palette contains exuberant hues that help bring his subjects to life; a palette knife is his preferred means for creating an abundance of texture in his often large-scale oil paintings.
“I favor the palette knife because it allows decisive and rapid action,” he said via email while working from his residence in France. “I like to go for the throat, so to speak. Brushes are great, if you wish to baste the beast, but better the knife when you wish to cut to the quick.”