Michael Tole does these lush photo-reference blurred paintings. His high level of photo realism and the time he must spent on these works really come across. It is no wonder that he is represented by a gallery here in Dallas, San Francisco and New York City. Then, why is Tole going to grad school at UNT, because he wants to teach as well as make his art. His work uses high quality paints and thin layered brush strokes. His current work uses objects referencing luxury. Tole work is not about the skill of realism, but the choices he makes with creating a composition and subject matter. This series on luxury really gets at the heart of representing a wanted item. Wants often are blurred from needs. We need beautiful things, but we always want to many things. Outside of the paintings, I don't find these objects beautiful, but many people do. His objects in the paintings are talking to a different audience, but I still relate to his objects in many ways, because I feel these objects are selected on part for their ironic statement about what people think is beautiful and what people want. Of course, I am sure I am reading way to much into these paintings.