Thomas Van Stein
Painting landscapes is a way for me to attune to nature. When I am panting, I try to receptive towards the environment, to be still, and to see how everything comes together. I want to slow my eye, in order to identify, then paint harmoniously. Once the painting process begins, I strive to get out of the way, so the painting can paint itself.
My goal is to get the configuration of my subject; for me it is more important to paint what the subject “feels” like than what it looks like, and when I no longer know what to sate or edit out, the the painting is finished. I then say a prayer that the painting will take on a long life of its own.