William B. Reed
I use multiple layers of acrylic paint on canvas to capture flowing images between semi-linear boundaries. My paintings are “emotional landscapes,” in which I move from calm to turbulence to calm again. My thought process as I paint is a non-linear flow of consciousness. It’s as though I’m not there during their creation, but the paintings clearly result from my emotional state as I approach the blank canvas.
Art defines what is modern, it captures what is enduring, and brings to life that that is human. The spiral jetty has been a great inspiration to me in that Robert Smithson’s 1970 earthwork is as amazing today as when he created it, and it has perhaps changed in ways he did not foresee.
Creating art is like speaking a different language, a language of emotions, and then hoping that someone will understand why. The process is nonlinear, as if unglued from time, and often a painting resides within for a long, long, time waiting in a turbid state only to surface with the next passing storm. To survive in the wilderness one must know how to forecast the weather and read the signs of nature. To endure in a modern world one must create. My paintings are line and color ever changing in the light of day and darkness of night.