Artist Statements


Artist Statement

 "I like a canvas to breathe and be alive. Be alive is the point.

And, as the limitations are something called pigment and canvas,

let's see if I can do it." - Lee Krasner

I have always been inspired by Lee Krasner's quote.  It's the primary challenge for the painter - to create a canvas that breathes and communicates a sense of life.

Painting has always been about understanding the world around me. When I stand before the easel, my initial idea determines the direction of a painting.  I sometimes find myself questioning these ideas, as they often find their source in the odd, unexpected imagery that hangs on in my memory.  Just as with a Haiku poem, I try to pare down the details to express just one vivid moment, a narrative that connects emotionally.  This is how I interpret Lee Krasner's statement - the search for a way to use visual language to make experience come alive. It is a goal I set for myself every time I start to paint, and success to me is when I can see that I've taken one more small step toward reaching it. 

~SFSmith, 2013