"Pat McEvoy: Recent Oils & Mixed Media"
A Fundraiser For Wiawaka
Starts May 1, 2013. (Opening Reception Sunday, May 5th 2-5 pm)
Pat McEvoyArtist Statement
I work with the beauty and majesty of the landscape and also am fascinated by the chance compositions that I find around the house.(still lifes)
My process is one of the focus being "out there" when I spot a subject, while I gather in shapes and colors and begin arranging them on the canvas. Soon, the focus shifts to being "in here", by which I mean the whole game is taking place on the canvas and in my head. There is a freedom and excitement in allowing the paint to do what it wants, as in the accidental mergings and drippings that may occur and in areas where colors may be mixed and layered right on the surface.
One thing which seems mysterious to me is my own receptivity of certain themes and compositions at different times. I often leaf through my well-worn photo collection and an image will present itself to me, demanding to be painted, that I have rejected many other times! I may be traveling a road close to my home that I have previously declared uninteresting but it will suddenly look compelling and becomes a landscape motif. I don't know how to explain this, but I certainly enjoy the mystery of it!
"Pat McEvoy's art is far more complex than it might appear to be at first glance. Time given to it would be time well rewarded since, when all is said and done, it is an art not intended to instruct or to make moral points, but rather simply to be enjoyed, and to be enjoyed intensely."
James K. Kettlewell, art historian