I make simple visual statements with my artwork, regardless of the subject matter. Simplicity is peaceful, and reinforces the blessing of our existence. Through the medium of oil paint, I have a language for my gratitude. – John Lasater
Printmaking, in particular relief, is my primary means of exploration in the visual arts. The content of my work fuses the rich tradition of Greek/Roman mythologies with an American Roots Music perspective. These visual ballads sing out in their symbolism, narrative, and energetic atmospheres. My work balances a multifaceted investigation of independence and mystical narratives. The bold and graphic marks of the woodcut/relief technique reiterate the tension and energy of the figures in these works. … Read More
As a painter, I find inspiration in all that I see all of the time. Chartreuse moss on a wet sidewalk, a stripped bare concrete floor, tangled geometry and colors as I ride my bike across a bridge, the memory of a dream with an unimagined color combination. Yet, the act of painting is another reality. Interacting with the medium, the mark, the mistake on the surface draws me into and away from my visions. … Read More
Moving paint across the canvas and soil across the earth –both are part of an additive and subtractive process. This movement cultivates a future for new growth. When paint glides across the canvas, transparency gives way to underlying information- color, texture, and form. It is a generative process layering data, giving way to a new interpretation. Painting naturally lends itself to an experiential, ephemeral, and phenomenological approach to analysis based on these properties. As a … Read More
I am influenced by many things – vintage punk rock, VHS tapes, internet blogs, WWI battle ships, beat-up amps, and custom guitars all play a role in the development of my paintings and digital prints. For the past four years, the notion of ‘cycle’ has played an increasing role within my studio practice. During this time, I became interested in how avant-garde movements succeed and fail within popular culture. Most recently, I have been focusing … Read More
For over 30 years I have photographed a particular social and cultural group of children. Before my eyes and in front of my camera they have passed through adolescence into young adulthood. My goal throughout has been to portray not how the world sees them, but how they see themselves. I began by working with one child at a time, but as my subjects have grown up and matured, people and relationships have replaced toys … Read More
I have worked with silverpoint for more than 30 years. The fine line of silverpoint and the ethereal qualities of the metal have captured my focus. These attributes lend themselves well to the natural forms that I draw. My drawings depict a focus on spirituality and strength. The drawing titled The Messengers showcases flowers used as my vehicle for expression. – Marjorie Williams-Smith Williams-Smith’s work is also featured in the Arkansas Arts Center Collection.
The Faces of the Delta Series consists of several silverpoint and large-scale graphite pencil drawings to portray individuals living in relatively remote isolated communities of the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta. This series of drawings celebrate the gift of honesty and majestic ordinariness, even when faced with political, economic, and social deprivation. – Aj Smith