Artist Statement

I was, for many years, a modern dancer. I see my paintings as an extension of my efforts as a dancer to fill, divide, shape, and control a space with rhythm, breath, and color.

For me, paint on the surface is the most pleasing achievement. To represent a realistic image is not my job when I paint. Archetypes are a huge element in all art, and my intention is often to reduce shapes or images to evoke archetypal forms.   

An abstraction will evoke a personal reaction unique to each individual viewer.

If I am successful, what occurs on the canvas results in a pure emotional response.

                                                                               Thomas Lague