Wednesday, July 13, 2011

D Day

So this is the week everything needs to be sent to the Gallery. Images, sizes, prices, artist statement, I forgetting anything? Oh, the paintings. Well, I think they can wait, but the advertising will be starting soon so all that stuff is due now. I wrote my artist statement last night, and am "sitting with it" for a day to see if it needs tweaking. Here it is, if you're interested. I'm taking any and all comments/suggestions.

Artist Statement

As an artist, it's easy to wait until you feel like painting, and therefore can be easy to put off until that moment strikes. Sometimes it takes putting the brush to the canvas to bring that moment on and turn a non-creative moment into a very creative one. A hectic day can be forgotten with a few brush strokes or cuts of a palette knife. I like to keep in mind what my aspirations as an artist are and keep my hands covered in paint to always remind me that I love what I do.

I choose what I paint by my surroundings. Sussex County is a beautiful place to live and sometimes it can be dangerous to drive around when something really breathtaking catches my eye. There have been many times I have pulled over on the side of the road to capture a field while it's being harvested, the shadow line falling across a roof, or the sun kissing someone's shoulders just so. When I've captured something good with my camera, it's all I can do to get home as quickly as possible to begin capturing it in paint.

Rehoboth and Lewes A-Z shows my love affair with this area. Each painting is a piece of something I find beautiful about being here. Most start with a red underpainting, my favorite color, which I consider to be a fitting tribute to each by beginning it with something that makes me smile. Time, something I'm almost always conscious of, fell away with each of these paintings. Every minute lost to sleep was re-distributed into the focus and passion I felt as I completed each letter. When you look at this show, I hope you will find familiar scenes that will start conversation and maybe make you smile as well.

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