THE PAINTINGS PAUL BALDASSINI CREATES are based on a composite of many images. Like much great art, they are a combination of fact and fiction. As a digital image editor for most of his professional career of more than 40 years, Paul now uses digital technology to examine and edit, larger than life, the flowers he photographs. Paul considers himself a self-taught painter due to his total immersion into a highly self-motivated learning process outside the realm of formal instruction. Through his dedicated study of 16th and 17th century master painters, combined with his vast knowledge of modern painting techniques and digital tools, Paul attends to details that give his paintings a mannered, but nonetheless, arresting quality. His technique is very similar to that of the old masters — a structured approach that utilizes a monochrome underpainting and direct overpainting using a special medium.