Timothy Peitsch's Statement
"A portrait is the most enjoyable platform for me to work from.  I've always loved the viewer’s reaction to them.  It seems like everyone brings their own narrative and life experience to my portraits. Inevitably the viewers will begin to tell me stories about a person they knew or a personal experience they had.  It's always fascinating to me that a portrait will trigger those memories and emotions in a person."

Reed Clarke’s Statement
"The question of what it means to be human haunts me and forces its way into my work. On the one hand, I want to portray people in order to show their unique presence, but also to somehow allude to the underlying mystery of what it means to be human. Faces and figures inhabit all my paintings and when I try to stray from this subject something I can’t resist calls me back. I feel a tension when I paint between the desire to capture the subject’s humanness and at the same time wrestle with the painting process itself, for a good painting is much more than a literal representation of its subject. Once a painting is begun I’m soon lost in the actual process of discovering the interplay of color, line, volume, value and other visual challenges that must be dealt with before the painting begins to move towards a resolution. This is the work of the painter as he or she struggles with the craft of the art. In the end, I’m striving for a balance between a composition that includes a human subject that is compelling and a paint surface that engages the viewer."

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