RICHARD W DOLAN
My work demonstrates a balance between calculated observation and the subconscious. I am interested in the autonomy of a painting. When exploring the surface, the image serves as an armature for expressive dialog. I find a painted subject interesting when it lives on its own without comparison to the original source. My completed paintings vary greatly from what is originally plotted in my head and I believe that separation to be essential in the presence of my work.
When I work from observation I find myself calculating the balance of color, line and form. However, I welcome uncertainty and feelings to dictate the direction a composition may take. The inclusion of constant doubt permits the painting to determine its own paint quality. A shape of color is not a formal device but an organ or muscle that allows the painting to run and breathe. My paintings are not domesticated but are feral creatures.