Kathy Craig believes that if you’re going
to be an abstract painter “you have to be willing to think about yourself a lot. Having to do without other subject
matter, you must accept and encourage your own habits, good and bad. Also, your feelings about what you are looking
at, that is, the square of linen you hope will look good when you are done with it.” Craig lives and paints in
rural Virginia and travels to Nova Scotia each summer to paint. She received an M.F.A.
from Warren Wilson College
and a B.A. from Oberlin College. She studied at Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Virginia, the New York Studio School and the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Art.
John Folchi lives in Bronx, New York, and paints scenes in and around the city of New York and
along the Hudson River. His figures in an urban situation are represented in natural action with a “snapshot”
feel. The architectural subjects of fire escapes and water towers reveal his interest in abstract form, geometric simplicity
and special complexity. His cloudscape series is a response to a more romantic defused subject where soft forms and
color fields melt into each other. The unifying factor of the different subjects is Folchi’s concern with light and
its ability to define various emotional states, whether it is sharp and direct as in his urban paintings or soft and defused
as in his landscape and cloud paintings.
Daniel McClendon graduated from Western Michigan University with his BFA with an emphasis in painting realism.
Shortly after graduating he relocated to Asheville, NC, where he maintained this focus on realism and began painting full
time. This continued until one day he came to the belief that his work was “fraudulent” due to the lack of a true
and honest voice. He decided to quit painting and figure out how to fulfill his desire to create while also being a productive
member of society. During this hiatus, his focus inherently came back to painting and the important themes in his life. And,
unexpectedly, on March 21st, 2011 at 3:59 A.M. he had an epiphany. He rolled out of bed and wrote down an idea and plan of
action for how to achieve an “honest” form of painting. Daniel’s work focuses on the beauty of impulsive
action when creating.
Since beginning painting
in the early 1990s Greg Siler has been drawn to abstraction as well as representational work. His earliest paintings
were typically figures in interior spaces done from direct observation. In 1999 his work became much more abstract. He
continued to work with the figure but in combination with practices that kept the final image unforeseen and asserted the
physical reality of the painting and physical gesture to a greater degree. For many years since, He has been captivated
by the notion of maintaining a provisional quality within the work.
The paintings included in this exhibition were painted directly from life
while others from drawings and/or photographs. "There are some that were guided mostly by memory and process as
they are rooted in a particular state of mind and an intuitive handling of formal and material elements. It might be true
that I operate according to the thought that regardless of whether or not a work has recognizable imagery, all painting is
somehow about both the seen and the felt (both words intended in the sense of perceived physical reality,
not emotional response). Informing all of my work are thoughts on the human body, the self, sexuality, and what I only know
to call inner experience, or immediacy," says Siler.
David Padworny was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland
where he received a BFA degree. He currently lives and works as an artist in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City.
Padworny credits several people who, over the course of his life, contributed art supplies, their time, and their talents
to teach him the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Even at his young age he has seen his work added to private and
corporate collections as well as those of a few museums. Padworny has perfected an unusual technique
that he uses in the creation of his paintings. He uses a caulking gun filled with oil paint to apply the excessively
heavy layers of oil paint. The results art breathtaking.