As an observer of and a participant in the natural world, I cannot help but react with wonder, amusement, joy and curiosity to what I see and experience. These reactions compel me to paint from the heart, not with a historical or objective eye. As a result, my paintings become imagined settings, conveying feelings about a particular time and place or about the gifts of the earth. Unapologetically, I also react to places and objects through the lens of faith, a faith in a loving, actively involved creator.
~ Beauty, like truth, exists. And we, as human beings, have an almost divine capacity to recognize it. Art, for me, is an expression in paint of what my heart feels when my eyes are opened to the vast and amazing splendor of creation. In spite of the myriad struggles and changes on the path of a career artist, this one unchanging fact remains: I paint because if I didn't, my heart might explode. When a kindred spirit is touched while viewing my painting and feels that same infilling, that same indescribable longing and appreciation for our marvelous world, I consider that work a success.
M. Scott Phifer — “Unplanned Parts”
When I am painting, I am having a conversation with the canvas, paint and eventually the artwork itself. Sometimes the conversation is a short chat. Sometimes the conversation is a long drawn out affair that takes weeks. And because of that, I believe, my artwork reflects my life. There are a few overwhelming themes in my artwork, family and friends, love, angels and mothers.
I am an expressionistic abstract artist. I work intuitively with one mark leading to the next, experimenting and playing with various materials, tools, techniques and the elements of line, color, shape, space and texture paying careful attention to creating bold and dynamic compositions. Occasionally, I find myself working realistically as well. This work might be classified as being more of a blended style of impressionism and realism capturing the essence of the subject. In whatever style I find myself working in, good composition and design are very important to me.
“There is something so captivating about drawing life! No matter how long I’ve been drawing, I’m still amazed to watch a flat piece of paper or canvas come alive!! It’s as if life has been breathed into the work and I can feel the subject’s presence. Even in my recent paintings of colorful bottles, the exhilaration is there when the bottle begins to emerge three dimensionally. I can feel the smooth, cool texture of the glass and the warmth of the light passing through into shadows. The journey to the end result gives me such a rush that I hurry back to do it all over again!”
As a person who takes the road less traveled, every painting is an experiment, an exercise in visual problem solving. My goal is to create a harmonious composition of variation, texture, movement, light and dark, repetition and balance; similar to a musical composition.
The themes I explore are rooted in everyday items and spaces we interact with. Objects that inhabit our living spaces or the cityscapes / landscapes we traverse through daily without much consideration. Each work is a snapshot, leading through an avenue of space. This is expressed using the natural opposition related to near/far, light/dark spaces and the shapes they inherently describe.