Painted for centuries, the still life continues to offer the artist the opportunity to examine more closely the things we see every day, but rarely consider or truly observe. The still life pushes me to create interesting relationships among objects and backgrounds. More importantly, I work to create the illusion of space and form with highlights and shades among the objects, then draw attention to the flat picture plane with areas of solid color, patterns, texture, and unrealistic shadows in the backgrounds. Its this back and forth between the illusion of space vs. the flat surface that gives these paintings their signature and interest.
"I haven't seen an object until I actually start painting it." - Janet Fish