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I paint acrylic on wood starting with marks, texture and floods creating random effects.  My  next steps develop structure by alternating additive and reductive responses, through echoing color, movement, and figure/ground shifts.  My finish balances random and structured elements into harmonious statement.  The balance of things

 random and controlled acts as metaphor

 for how we encounter life.

Aesthetically I subscribe to Rembrandt’s pursuit of the viewer as a partner. He used implied line and other  devices to engage the viewer in a assembling images.  My paintings address this partnership through their give and take between random & structured effects.

My goal is to express a working together that generates a sum greater than the parts, a Gestalt offering visual connection & partnership – an interaction with the viewer completing the painting.  My paintings succeed when they offer this

 connection and, with each encounter, a feeling both  familiar and  giving fresh new discovery.

About My Artwork

Professionally, I’ve invested in two pursuits.  As an educator, I taught Art in the Rockford IL Public Schools, Art History at Sauk Valley Community College and Art Education at Rockford University. I earned a BA in Art Ed and later a graduate degree in Drawing from NIU.

As a studio artist I’ve created and exhibited for many years. I’ve had the good fortune to enjoy and share  affiliations with groups of artists.

For several years I was a partner in Rockford’s Gallery Ten, Prairie Street Gallery and recently, Rockford IL based Art Matters.

About Me

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© Ted Simmering 2019