"My work is conceived from an automatic painting method in which I mark the canvas, the page, or the litho-stone at random. These markings stimulate my imagination into visualizing abstractions of a locale or a figure. The process then becomes a problem-solving situation. A conversation between the artist and work evolves as follows: How do I populate this space? How can I bring it to life? What is the pivotal point or image upon which this work turns? How should the light fall and how will it best support the narrative elements? Will a cast shadow create another figure? What does it imply in the story line?
After this drawing process is far enough along, the locale is established, and characters are delineated. Then that fifth wheel of color comes into play, deliberately throwing the drawing off. How do I change the scene to compensate for these color shifts? What is the proper color weight and intensity to make this work hang together?
It is a constant back and forth, check and balance of color and drawing until the piece is complete, revealing something about this strange dance we call life. I obscure to reveal. One must sort through these paintings little by little, watching out for the barbs. Enjoy!"
- Ken Mabrey (from Seraphin Gallery Website)
Scott Alan McClurg
"I use photography as a means of painting with light, exploring the colors, textures, and forms found within the natural world to create sensual, abstract images that create an emotional connection with the viewer.
Photography has a special place in my family's history. Both my grandfather and father were photographers and my sister and I now follow in their footsteps. While the technical skills have been passed down from generation to generation, the passion has always been something we have developed individually. Growing up, my passion was for drawing. In college, I focused largely on printmaking, transforming gestural paintings done in pen and ink into rich, colorful relief and intaglio prints. This remained my focus for many years until I purchased a digital camera about ten years go."
- Scott Alan McClurg