Jay McDermott - Painter

Artist's Statement


The work should engage and stimulate the viewers imagination. Each piece starts with either an actual scene or a concept which, once underway on canvas, develops its own voice.

My painting is more about the process of each piece, with color, gesture, shape, balance and line evolving as the voice of that painting starts to be heard.

Many of my paintings are anchored in emotion, which seldom is singular, but usually identifiable. The beauty of abstract work is that imaginary forms are the norm.  Human figures are often present, with their forms reflecting either that emotion or attitude which can be elusive in representational painting. Lastly, the process should be fun!  If a work cannot reflect that fun, it will morph until it does.