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Tom Stanley
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

First of all, my primary interest in art making over the past 30 years has been the making. More and more I find that discovery comes with working on a regular basis – working an idea until it says something – finding meaning in the process. The organic connection between my hands, my tools, and my visualized thoughts seem to be inseparable.

As an artist, I typically work in series with limitations of size, color and imagery. I use recurring shapes such as triangles and figurative elements of houses and boats. Typical media are acrylic on canvas and on paper. Although I use common graphic strategies like mechanical drawing, silhouette, and sgraffito, the process is about making something I have never seen before. The work is a conversation between my hands and my eyes. I draw with paint rather than paint with paint.

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