I like the adventure of making paintings. I like paint in all its glorious variation: thick, thin, smooth, gritty, opaque, translucent, glossy, matte. Making art takes me to places nothing else does. It satisfies me like nothing else does. While I am a landscape painter at heart, I need the open-ended-ness of a non-objective painter. Color and authenticity of feeling comes first.
My recent work has a range that goes from more obvious landscape reference, to what might appear to be non-objective. Sometimes they feel like landscape, still life and portrait all rolled into one. To me, art along with science and religion, is part of the triangle of human seeking and expression. At its best, it transcends the apparent subject matter and illuminates the human spirit and our connection to the universe. Sounds highfalutin but feels true.
Throughout my evolution as an artist, my goal has been to make the best art I can, using the best of the past as my guide, and to be true to my own nature. To do this calls for me to be constructively self critical, open to the possibilities of the moment, confident and humble. The studio and life in general always supplies the humble. I supply the fortitude.
Scott Bennett, August, 2016