There is a great difference between a Hessemer palette knife painting and all the others who resort to the knife for superficial effects. Until a painter can paint the figure, or any other thing with the dexterity of a brush he is not painting, he is dabbling in cosmetics. One can only appreciate that difference when viewing a Hessemer original.
The next best thing is to enlarge the closeup images here. Click and enlarge one and you will see for yourself, the difference. They represent over 60 years of determination.. A Hessemer painting begins with the knife and ends with the knife. It is the truth personified.