Artist Statement

Mark Thomas Anderson
 
 

Artist Statement

          My work is developed through the blending of various influences.  I draw inspiration from my immediate surroundings, from relationships with family and friends, from various aspects of contemporary culture, and from the work of many historical and contemporary artists.  My work is perceptually based because the process of translating my subject onto a flat surface keeps me engaged.  This way of translating allows me to find geometries within a developing composition while incorporating various systems of drawing.  Working perceptually allows me to absorb the active and often subtle influence of light on forms.  As I work, the subject in front of me acts as a compass, redirecting and informing me when I question the painting.  Throughout the painting process, I scrutinize and adjust my drawing and use of color.  Recently, I have added several transparent colors and iridescent pigments to my pallet.  Transparent washes have expanded the dialogue between the white of the canvas ground, the underlying drawings, and the various paint layers.  Constantly experimenting, I combine modern approaches and products with various historical painting methods.  I use painting knives, sometimes to add, but mostly to remove paint so that I can re-work the surface from the residual image.  Some of the tools that I use regularly are rulers, a calculator, rags, sandpaper, and at times I do a little painting with my fingertips too.


 
 
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