Artist Portfolio Magazine – 2017 Q4 Art Competition
Gary Paul Stutler – Portland, OR
Every living thing exhibits pattern in either growth or habit. Any subject is acceptable for study, any technique or material acceptable for making a new form.
In the tremendous flux of experiences, there is only one thing which has ever brought me a moment of peace – drawing and painting from life.
I have never been able (because my work is so categorically realistic) to reject recognizable subject matter. As much as the process of manipulating materials creates the actual work, an emotional or intellectual homage to subject persists in me. There is undoubtedly a narrative, but I specialize in making marks on a surface rather than words on a page.
Having said all this, the ironic truth is that the most satisfying pictures I make are as inscrutable as the subjects that inspire them.