Gene Amoroso - Artist Statement
Life is complicated and often life's path is not a straight line. I have always had powerful inner desire to create art. Even when not painting my mind would compose art and my eyes would see as an artist, deeply, probing the landscape for shapes and colors for a composition and ultimately life.
I work directly from life "plein air" or from historic images. I prefer to paint scenes that are “spiritually charged” and significant in some way to the observer and myself. In the end it all boils down to one point, however, how will I paint the light?! Light is the essential ingredient of all art. Light is color. Light is shade. Light is shape and movement. Light is what I paint.
I need to feel the painting in order to express the vision. I see the completed painting in my mind’s eye as I begin a canvas. I will work for 5-8 hours initially but the painting is not completed at that point. I generally work another 20-40 hours in my studio to complete the work and add all the subtle detail, color, shading and sublime feelings.
I choose to work as many of the 19th century and early 20th century Impressionistic/Expressionistic artists worked. Artist of this era captured the moment in paint, filling the canvas with color and brushstrokes that were more felt than thought. I prefer this style of painting. My greatest artistic influences are from this era of art including such great artists as Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and Camille Pissarro. But I love all eras of art and study art history as a "road map" for my own work.
The final aspect of my work, and most important ingredient, is a strong spiritual component to all my paintings. I believe there is a compelling spiritual aspect to all creative work. A belief that we were created by God is my driving force for creating art. The act of creation and to express what has been created is the language that conveys the essence of our souls. I paint because it is what is uniquely my own and resides deep within my being and that, with God’s grace, will bring some light to the world.