“My paintings are open to perceptions that exist in the subconscious mind of the viewer, while simultaneously being a direct expression of my own perceptions.
My use of traditional art mediums, oils on canvas, requires the viewer to address the space differently than photography. Though my paintings are strongly representational, the challenge and questioning of “real” is more persistent with representational painting over the perception of truth in photography. I try to coax extended attention from the viewer by creating a formal composition with no direct focal point. My even- handed treatment of the surface, plus a compositionally dynamic movement of shape and line are intended to aid in this. I have been increasing the size of my canvases in an attempt to force a physically engaging size and shape with the viewer’s body. I wish to create an environment that is semi experiential- I wish for the viewer to feel as if she can enter the space.” ~ Aaron Smith