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John Wike


Artist Statement

Making Art is my way of giving creative expression to subjects that I think are interesting and important. Seasonal changes, movement, transition, and impermanence are what attract me as a painter and photographer. My work is more contemporary than traditional, with a stronger emphasis on color and organic design. In the natural world are the timeless qualities of harmony, balance and integration that I need here and now. Birds and forests forever!

My human subjects are absorbed practitioners, engaged in their purpose. I love watching musicians, dancers and classical singers. My themes are frequently revisited but not strictly forced as a series.

 It is easy to go on and on with a personal statement, but a visual expression really has to speak for itself, and the work has to stand on its own 2 feet. 

           A friend once said that she painted to find out what it looks like. That is just about right.


 The moving finger writes; and, having writ

            moves on: nor all your piety and wit

            shall lure it back to cancel half a line,

            nor all your tears wash out a word of it.

                                                                  Omar Khayyam


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