I've chosen to look at J.M.W.Turner for my studies.
I don't think anyone can deny that attraction of his work but I chose it also because it excels so well in areas where I've always lacked confidence and natural ability.
His paintings are so full of movement, atmosphere, contrast and colour - expression.
I also want to study Rembrandts portraits.
I think it's the texture and painterly brushstrokes along with the captured expressions. It just makes it raw, emotional. The strong lighting and subtle colour variation brings them to life.
Neither of these artists were constrained by the distraction of trying to achieve perfect realism.