Geraud Staton

Geraud Staton

Biography

I believe that we are what we surround ourselves with. My work, then, is a reflection of these ideals. I try to bring strength, energy, radiance, adventure, passion, hope, inspiration and mystery to that lives.

Geraud Staton
I begin a painting by envisioning a story, then deciding what elements are important to that story. I decide on the model or models that I want to use, arrange the props, and begin the composition. Sometimes that part takes as long as the actual painting. Once I’ve settled on the composition the painting can begin. I always start with the story in mind. This is the same, whether I’m painting koi, still life, or the human figure.

Once creation begins, I can become immersed in the oil painting, almost sculpting the flesh from the canvas. I paint in layers, and each layer takes me closer and closer to the finished work. When a piece is going well I am often filled with a sense of wonder. I am often outside myself and take great pleasure, in in the act of creating, but of the witnessing of the creation. I have this same feeling when I watch others paint. I know a piece is done when I can see the story clearly, without distraction. But this isn’t enough. This story is only my point of view. I never want my art to be so one-dimensional. Not that this is a bad thing. Sometimes a painter has a specific and important point. But, for me a successful piece of art is one where the stories are varied for each viewer. When I look at works by Juan Medina or Michael Whelan, I can often see multiple stories, and in my best works I hear people describe so many different opinions of what that works means. That’s when I know an oil painting is a success!

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