Walter Hatke Walter Hatke

Form, light, space, time, perspective - these comprise the terms that dovetail to shape the tenses and position of my art. Recognizable subjects automatically pose contextual associations and connotations that can be accidental or deliberate depending on a particular work. The subjects I employ emerge and engage my attention over time for no consciously preconceived reason. As in poetry, I, the artist, provide an image. Viewers bring their own experiences and perceptions to the images I present and come away with their own interpretations. My materials are those that artists have used for centuries: oil paint applied to Belgian linen stretched on wooden frames; charcoal, graphite, or watercolor applied to heavy paper. My reasons for working in this manner are free of doctrinaire motives, apart from the simple fact I enjoy painting and drawing the way I do.

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