Artist Statement

Painting with Knives:  New works by Francie Lyshak

These paintings conjure moods, atmospheres and fluid meanings that prompt a meditative gaze. When I paint,  I explore the materiality of my painting medium.  I apply my oils to canvas with rough, sharp tools giving them a sculptural presence. The process of making them is a dialog with the canvas. In some cases the painting is built upon multiple layers of paint, with new layers cut out of the tissue of the previous layer. At other times, the painting is a simple thickly carved monochrome.  Each painting is a record of impulse and intuition, toggling between strokes of construction and destruction. The paintings are resolved when they evoke a state of complex quiescence, like the quiet after a storm.