Yesterday I finished my 18 x 24 inch oil on canvas painting for the America SCORES Milwaukee Inspired Art event.
The poem that inspired it was The Earth by Carlos C., age 10:
Fills the skies
Across the void
Blue and bright
Shining in the
The exhibition and auction will be held on the evening of Friday, November 9, at the Wherehouse on 818 South Water Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tickets can be purchased here and are $45 each. $30 of the ticket price goes directly to supporting the children. The bidding starts at $100 for my painting, and 100% of the auction sale will benefit America SCORES.
When I first saw Stephen Haigh’s work, I was blown away by his use of vibrant color and strong markmaking. I really love the palimpsest effect he created through the different layers of paint and how color is carefully used in his assemblages.
The attention in my work is put directly into the mark. Often, there’s a feeling, a memory, an experience. Sometimes it’s lasting, sometimes it’s over. Instantly. The energy is continuous and mood is conveyed in the mark that’s always writing it’s next conclusion. Letters, lines and energy appear in form and composition, although not in the conventional sense.
Read the rest of Haigh’s artist statement and view more of his work at his website.