My focus is contemporary figurative painting. My most recent series are built upon a psychological space as experienced in childhood, yet with an adult's perceptions. My work is not about the child's viewpoint at the time but rather a lens both experiencing it and observing it. Childhood is a time when social norms and expectations are evolving, a time of innocence and vulnerability and an acute time of social conditioning.
Often one or more of the children in my paintings are aware of the viewer. This interaction between the viewer and the piece intentionally puts the viewer at once present and directly implicated. All adults are implicated in children's lives in some way, as children are basically hostages both willing and unwilling, necessarily but also at the whim of an adults own imperfect psychologic - needs, whims, desires, fears, hopes, dreams- both fulfilled and dashed.
Painting I feel is at its best when it can speak to and through such powerful poignant moments.
Sherrie Parenteau is an professional artist from Sterling CT. Ms. Parenteau graduated from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2009 with a major in painting and a minor in art history. She also attended The Art Institute of Boston in Boston MA. She is currently the Creative Arts Instructor Our Piece of the Pie in Norwich CT, an elected member of Mystic Art Association, former president of Connecticut Women Artists Inc. She is represented by Six Summit Gallery, Ivoryton, CT and Silver Circle Gallery, Putnam, CT.
Ms. Parenteau works reflect a contemporary figurative style, she paints mostly in oils and egg tempra. Ms. Parenteau has established an impressive list of collectors in including Sally Jessie Raphael the former 80’s talk show host who currently owns 13 of her paintings. She has been represented by various galleries throughout New England and has received numerous awards for her unique paintings.
Erik Sandberg-Diment is a Connecticut-
He likens his creative method to the mysterious process of printing photographs in his youth. Placing the exposed paper in the developing bath and shimmying the tray to witness the image a ghost form in -like manner has crossed over to his expressive form of painting, synthesizing his influences of surprise and spontaneity with bold pigment.
Early on Erik developed the idea that he wanted nothing to touch the canvas, not a brush, not a knife, not his fingers, only the paint itself; an emotion that has stayed with him all these years. “Surface tension adds electricity to the forming image as I pour the paint, drop the paint from various instruments, spray the paint -- anything to keep the fluids moving. I use the canvas to help gravity form the image, twisting and turning the frame, or swishing the fluxing forms as if I were panning for gold. The earth itself helps pull the paints into forms that I am trying to visualize…the whole process fills me with an incredible, immediate sense of freedom.”
Sandberg-Diment studied under James Gwynne at The College of Wooster in Ohio in the late 1960’s. Shortly after, he stopped painting to support his family and became a writer and columnist for The New York Times as well as producing numerous books and writing countless articles for other magazines. In 2010, he showcased his return to painting with a veritable flood of new works unveiled in his first solo show at the Silver Circle Gallery. “Unzipped” will display work created over the past year which delves into the artist’s thoughts with expressive movement, intense pigment, and luminous color to convey pure emotion.