Dick Folse - Painting & Photography
I work from my imagination, and often in a studio without visual references. My inspiration comes from specific places, but the work does not represent any one place or view; rather, it is a sense of the landscape in places I have seen and know well. I enjoy setting up processes for artmaking that create un-factored results – such as using aerosol spray paint with masking elements or pooling paint that runs unexpectedly across the substrate. I embrace the accidental occurrences inherent in my artmaking process. Over my career, I have drifted across a continuum between representation and abstraction, but always with a reference to landscapes. Over the past 10 years, my investigations have been moving toward the abstraction end of the spectrum of my imagery –overriding readily identifiable subject images while still achieving a reference to structured landscape. Painting in an abstract manner allows me to follow my instincts, and rely on subjective impulses as I work. Often, my paintings follow a series of ideas, each piece evolving the investigation to the next step or level.