Chris Gwaltney

Artist Statement

The painting is a problem to be solved. It’s a puzzle, an equation that’s looking for a solution. I’m drawn to art that allows me to see elements of that argument. The ruins of original thoughts still visible in lines or shapes in the finished painting engage me. Corrections, erasures, scratchouts, over-paint and redraws are evidence of an active mind at work. The painting becomes a testament to time well spent. The emotional juice comes as much from the marks on the canvas as it does from the subject matter. The viewer is aware of the artist standing in front of the canvas.