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FACULTY SHOW 2009: Recent Work by SRJC Faculty

November 5 - December 12, 2009


Donald Feasel, #25
ink on raw canvas, 20" x 30" 2008

Artist Statement

All of my recent paintings are made through the intermingling of lines. Thinned acrylic paint is squeezed from plastic bottles onto raw canvas. The process records the speed and trajectory of each line. I’m hoping for a gestural architecture that will produce a visceral impact at the finish. If a painting feels like it exits within a zone beyond the technique that created it I hang onto it.

For core subjects, I focus on the fundamental elements involved in making an image. Building a vocabulary of visual elements and learning to use it effectively takes lots of practice coupled with specific guidance. It is also essential to offer exposure to historical and contemporary issues of art. This further broadens our understanding of what art is while illuminating possibilities of what it can become.

Teaching Philosophy

Teaching for me is largely a matter of sharing my interests and enthusiasms. I think that acquiring basic skills in painting and drawing has greater value when accompanied by examples from art history. Often this exposure triggers an interest that fuels future exploration and development.


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