"I am interested in the relationship between abstraction and landscape painting. Norbert Wolf has argued in an essay about landscape painting that this genre stands “closest to pure painting in its concentration on color and light.” I believe that in many ways abstraction owes a lot to the landscape genre, with its application of paint and interest in the nature of color and light. I also work from painting’s history. I believe that we have always borrowed from the past to redefine or rediscover our existence. I start with a painting from history and then begin to abstract from it until I find something new about color, space or paint. With my paintings I try to master the medium, but more importantly, I try to pick paintings from history that will help me to discover how history speaks to the present. Art is not a decoration but a declaration of one’s self-understanding of place in this world."
Wes Sherman, June 2009