Making and teaching art is my vocation. I come to my
vocation as a painter and a lover of art. Responsiveness
to the form that beauty and art take leads me to great
artists throughout history. I bring their spirit to my
work and to the classroom.
My own sensibilities
also draw me to children's art, African-American
painters from the 1940s to the present, and early-to-mid
20th century European and American Modernism.
Although I basically distrust the "Now", I enjoy much of
it. What I do like about current art and teaching - as
long as it is done without populist exploitation - is
the movement to take it out of the hands of the
Enlivened form determines my
aesthetic. I paint from observation for visual cues to
work with form. Whatever the subject matter may be, the
abstract considerations of keeping form alive are always
paramount. Poetic encounter of these considerations with
one another give me hope that I can say through a
painting something that cannot be said any other way.
A shift in consciousness is required to make the
deep connection with what I see before me. The entire
being is engaged. A painting that is alive makes me feel
-Meredith Fife Day