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Tom Stanley
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

There aren’t any dominate themes in my work beyond a conversation between my hands and eyes and what happens on the surface. Images like houses or boats might reappear, but I think of them as universal images. Though the medium is typically acrylic on canvas, I prefer to consider my process as drawing in paint, partly because of techniques that have influenced my development including sgraffito and mechanical drawing. What I have learned is the value of diving into the work. Each series might start with an idea, or build upon earlier paintings and drawings, or be inspired by artists who I admire. What eventually emerges however is dictated by day to day efforts. The unexpected drives a series even further.

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