James Stewart

I follow a very conventional process in my work. I do small oil and water color sketches on site and then develop larger oil paintings in the studio based on those sketches.

I start very abstractly then, as Chardin said, “add color until an image occurs". The paintings often take several weeks to develop, and during that time, they move back and forth from representational to not very representational until the way they look seems to make sense.

Hopefully, the result is a synthesis of abstract and representational painting that allows me to refer to the experience of a particular - often very compelling - place while expressing a broader view of the landscape as a whole.

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