When I paint, I hope to discover the essence of a place, an animal or still life. What I choose to paint has to do with my making an emotional connection with my subject.

Sometimes I use cheese cloth or other textures to play with the idea of multiple perspectives. Other times I use glazes on a smooth canvas to build up layers that suggest the subtle changes of a moment, such as clouds moving across a sky or grasses caught by a breeze in a field.

I may work with fragments of a landscape to create an abstract composition that reflects a sense of place. I am attracted to the idea of time: what was, what is, what will be.

The painted scaffolding that appears in some of my paintings reflects nature’s hidden structures. This scaffolding also records my painting process and becomes a structure that lies beneath the surface as well as being part of the composition in the finished work.

Susan Corner / November 2010

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