Artist Statement 

 

     The paintings represented in these pages are the result of many years of discovery and evolution. I have studied and created art most of my life, starting when I was young and continuing to the present. I can describe my creative life as a bumpy road with lots of highs and lows, but for some reason I don’t completely understand, I am still on that road. The creative impulse has been difficult to deny, so I generally comply even when it seems like an exercise in futility. Simply, I create because I’m compelled to create. At this point, my life and my art have become fully integrated. They constantly evolve and echo each other. I have always been an experimenter, trying new things, new approaches, pushing boundaries. The upside to this is I may eventually stumble upon something that demands my focus and pushes me somewhere new. The downside is that this focus may appear fragmented in the light of life’s challenges and commitments. I have, nonetheless, pursued visual ideas that I hope, are successfully translated into paint. With this new series of work , (page 1) 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. With this work I hope 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 pour, splatter, and push the initial layers of paint across the surface, the idea begins to take shape and develop. I then use a thick black ink marker to outline and define the composition. Next, I use applicator bottles to apply thick acrylic paint, to add nuance and complete the painting. 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 and any tedious repetition is tempered by listening to music or watching TV. The act of discovery continually piques my interest and keeps me painting. I hope these paintings pique your interest as well.

                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                         Greg Parker