James Shay

Artist Statement

“My paintings depict the American landscape with simple shapes, forms and strong color. They represent some of the sensuality within our natural world and contain distinct memories of California’s rolling oak-studded hills and valleys . I like a high level of abstraction , and I love color . I want the paintings to have a strong memory of time. To achieve this , I scrape and sand the surfaces , so that the materiality of the paint and marks suggest time’s passage. Before I finish a painting, it has evolved through many forms within its layers. The act of scraping and sanding back the surface of a work to its earlier stages creates a visual richness; earlier layers are resurrected and become visible either directly or as shadows within the final work.”