"I'm basically a self taught artist. Back in the late 1970s, just before I moved to Montana, I took some studio art classes at the University of Minnesota. Basic stuff. Some drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and painting. Raymond Hendler was the professor all students had to go through if they wanted to continue painting classes. Ray, by the way, was considered a pioneer of modern art. A member of the "School of Paris" action painters in the late 40s and a vanguard of the New York scene in the early 50s. Franz Kline, Philip Guston, Jules Olitski, Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning.
His theory on painting was very basic. You take a blank canvas and make a mark on it. Make another mark which now related to the first mark. Do you like how these marks relate to each other or not?
Based on that progression you work on an area of the canvas you're not satisfied with. I keep that in mind when working my canvases and it produces for me a puzzle to piece together bit by bit. That puzzle is the joy of my life.
I think most times people don't listen to what they hear or see what is there. I feel many ideas get trampled by the need to get to the next thing. I would like to see people pause more often and, as an artist, I would like to put parentheses around that pause.
All that being said, I feel art expresses many things. Perhaps all things. And should certainly be celebrated."
Peter Moore, Artist