Mark Patnode

Though I paint a variety of subjects, I find great satisfaction working with city and landscapes. The light from the sky influences everything because it is not only above us but all around us. What is around objects influences their coloration.The goal with all my artwork is powerful visual simplicity. The first strokes establish a relationship with the subject and it becomes a dialog as I develop the work. In creating artwork, the more I study nature the more I arrive at a language of form and color.As I discover proportional and interdependent relationships of form and color, the study of nature leads me to develop sympathetically influenced symbols, patterns, and a resulting message. The essence of color structure and principles of composition come from the study of nature yet I want my application to be as far removed from nature as I can get without losing those principles learned from nature.

Working quickly and with great intensity, I create the poetry of the inspired moment.

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