MARC CIVITARESE: My paintings, though based in the landscape tradition, are cerebral and visceral explorations of the relationship of “man” and “nature”, and thus depart from pure realist depiction of the world and move towards a more expressive sensibility. By abstracting what I consider to be the elements of realism: shape, form, and light, my work thus becomes and introspective exploration of my feelings and thoughts of man, nature, and spirituality.
Each painting is a memory, a reflection of my observations of nature, which are reduced, distilled, and refined to the pure elements that engaged and provoked a response from me.
The sense of spirituality is further enhanced in the new works by unsettled skies and atmosphere. By this introduction of a more “realist” sky, the work is pulled more into the here and now, more into a sense of a specific time and reflection. I also believe it moves the work from a more universal moment into one that is more solitary and personal.
I want one, upon looking at my work, to leave with a feeling that they have been invited to venture into part of my inner world, to understand my desires, and to learn what beauty means to me.