Grayson Harper

I’ve always been drawn to the human in art, the human form, the face–in which all is contained: poetry, beauty, sadness, truth, politics.  And everything in between–what you can see and what you can’t see.

I also have a theater background, so my paintings are informed by that, as well.  I sometimes feel like a “director”, arranging the elements—the “actors”—on a stage with a “set” or backdrop.  Character is important to me so I pay attention to the details of faces.

I seldom have all the answers before I start in.  I don’t always plan everything in advance.  Sometimes I get into the work and find that I don’t have a clue about where I’m going.  When that happens, you just have to listen to what the painting tells you to do.

Sometimes it works.