Artist Statement 


      I have studied and created art most of my life, starting when I was young and continuing to the present. Simply, I create because I’m compelled to create. I like to experiment, trying  new approaches, and pushing boundaries. With this series of work , I use landscape motifs as the context of my fairly abstract and expressive compositions. Once I start a painting, it quickly begins to take on a life of its own. I try to build in elements of chance to enhance the process and to keep things interesting. The goal is to achieve an otherworldly quality that is a peek into something both familiar and strange.

       I usually begin a painting with a rudimentary idea for the composition. As I work the paint across the surface, the idea begins to take shape and develop. I then outline and define the composition. Next, I use applicator bottles to apply thick acrylic paint.  Application of paint in this way allows me to “draw” with paint. This process involves a fairly balanced use of spontaneity and control and seems to suit my cravings for both. This technique can be labor intensive, but the paintings develop quickly. 

Other thoughts and quotes:

”There is no beauty that hath no strangeness in its proportions.”   Francis Bacon

”To see a candle’s light, one must take it into a dark place”    Ursula K Le Guin

”Make heaven out of what you have”      Anonymous 

“Good invention is a result of coupling chance and intention”    GP



                                                                                                                                                                                         Greg Parker