Ron Pokrasso Statement
My artistic development spirals around a need to express, make new discoveries, and continually return to familiar themes. I have always relied upon things that are close to me, things that speak about the passions in my life and are often derived from day to day experiences. I work by diving in—the passion of creating is vital. Usually there’s a vague general direction, but rarely do I have a clear idea of what will happen. "If I knew where I was going I’d be lost.” Seldom do I try to portray a literal visual meaning. It is more important to allow content to come through me in the working out of a successful composition. This relationship with my art falls somewhere between taking full control and just letting things happen. The result is an exploration of balance between frenzied paint scribbling and the tight rendering of a tree and between the regularity of black and white lettering and a multi-colored paint palette. I like to juxtapose seemingly unrelated or competing elements to create visual and technical contrast. I have a conversation with the piece as it unfolds. As the work takes on its own personality, it lets me know where it needs to go, and I attempt to get it there. The work is complete when it stops asking for more.