"Painting is a way of making something my own. It’s natural for me to turn things that move me into an image, whether I am reading, thinking, or looking. Degas wrote that it is all very well to paint what you see, but it is better to paint what you see in your head; then you will be free from the “tyranny of nature.” As carefully as I look, I’m not painting what I see. I alter, reduce, obliterate, or exaggerate each thing that I encounter and at the same time try to make it convincing.
All of these works have a narrative, but they are not illustrations or symbols of a story. They are what they look like. John Updike wrote, “Precision is where the passion begins.” The act of painting is so private and so difficult that I can find my way only by being committed to changing and changing, painting and re-painting, until I see precisely what I care about.
I don’t know anybody who doesn’t want to be known. C.S. Lewis wrote, “We read to know we’re not alone.” I look at paintings to know I’m not alone. If I can take something visible and make it communicate something invisible, I can hope to trigger recognition in another person."
Seraphin Gallery l Contemporary Philadelphia Art Gallery and Art Consultant
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