Simon Bland

Artist's Statement

Most people find art more interesting when it's about something they like. It might be about an animal or a place that is important to them.

My art takes those things and searches for my own connection to them. I incorporate abstract ideas which may not have anything at all to do with the subject. I compose a landscape or pick out a subject's features. I emphasize some parts and obscure others. Colors are swapped out. Barns are raised. A horse becomes an heroic steed.

My goal is to make every work a personal statement, each one forming a single step in a long journey. Yet, as I manipulate and change each picture, so the art changes me: every painting is also an examination of the self.