There is beauty everywhere...if you look for it. Many of the everyday things we pass by in our busy lives go unobserved. I see my job as an artist to bring them to the forefront, to make us see what we have previously missed. To appreciate the unappreciated.
I paint seemingly unconnected items and mix them in various ways, often times to make a statement. I explore the common elements that are shared by the objects while introducing tension with my choice of colors and textures.
My paintings are large by design. Each canvas is 3x4 feet. I don't generally do any other size. I have found that when shown together, the common size lends a solid foundation to the chaos that is often found in my compositions.
Someone once asked me..."Why don't you paint trees? Trees are lovely and would sell". I replied with a question of my own... "Have you ever seen a beautiful painting of a tree?" The answer was a resounding "Of course!", to which I replied...That's why I don't need to paint them, there are many fine artists doing that already".".
My objective is to meld myself with my subject matter. I want those who see the objects I paint to immediately think of my art. Once a viewer begins to see oddly paired common objects in everyday life and thinks...that reminds me of Mike Knapp's art...then I have been successful.